Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 EDU: WRITE: Virtual Library and Tacoma Little Theatre Continue Partnership

Virtual Library and Tacoma Little Theatre
Continue Partnership to 

Enhance Audience Opportunity
Explore: The World of John Steinbeck: the third collaboration between Tacoma Little Theatre (a 98 year-old theatre company) and Seanchai Library (an 8 year-old online spoken word library), expanding opportunities for audience members and educators to delve into the thoughts behind the play. 
The Kitely Grid & TacomaWA – Tacoma Little Theatre's latest production:  John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.  And the pixels click to life for the newest partnership between Tacoma Little Theatre and Seanchai Library with the opening of Explore: The World of John Steinbeck.   
  • Go there (On the Hypergrid), Hypergrid address:
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:EXPLORESeanchai
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the World Map, click Find, TP
  • In Kitely, use the Firestorm hop:
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/EXPLORESeanchai/477/216/21
  • Put the hop in the nav bar of Firestorm, enter.
  • (More after the break, scroll down!)

Pantoum Poetry Workshop - Tue 1/24, 7pm SLT

The Short Poetry Workshop this week revisits the 6th Century Malaysian form - the Pantoum, which is a series of quatrains with repeated lines. It can be rhymed or unrhymed but must make use of repeated refrains from one quatrain to the next. So join us to learn, write and share your Pantoum.

Metaverse events, current and upcoming


EXPLORE is an online tool designed to add to the play-going experience of audience members by presenting source material and related information to support the production in an engaging, interactive format. The World of John Steinbeck can be accessed online with the download of a free viewing program.  Patrons can walk through the world of Steinbeck’s novella, exploring freely, using an avatar. Clickable information links guide visitors to a variety of information ranging from biographical, to historical and cultural.  Live presentations of the source text and Steinbeck's letters provide additional opportunities to gain understanding of the playwright and the world in which the play was created.
Entry to the world of John Steinbeck
"This continues to be an exciting and enlightening process," shared Chris Serface, Tacoma Little Theatre Managing Artistic Director, "Being on the ground level of innovation like this means we are learning something new every time we do a project."  The current EXPLORE project was preceded by Anton Chekov and the Absurd  in 2016, and The Great Gatsby Online in 2015.
"There are a lot of very interesting educational approaches being applied in virtual environments and using immersion," said Judy Cullen, former Tacoma Little Theatre Director and current lead of Seanchai Library (aka Caledonia Skytower), "The challenge is getting people to try something new."  Cullen will be available at Of Mice and Men performances at a dedicated computer station in the theatre’s Lobby to answer questions and guide visitors through the project.  "We hope that we can lower the intimidation factor enough that folks will go home and take advantage of Explore on their own."
Scene from the play
Of Mice and Men was published in 1937, and was Steinbeck's first attempt at writing in the form of novel-play termed a "play-novelette" by one critic.  It tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.  Steinbeck originally titled it Something That Happened (referring to the events of the book as "something that happened" because nobody can be really blamed for the tragedy that unfolds). However, he changed the title after reading Robert Burns's poem To a Mouse. Burns's poem tells of the regret the narrator feels for having destroyed the home of a mouse while plowing his field.

Of Mice and Men, directed by Niclas Olson, plays January 20 - February 5 in nine public performances. Live readings from the novella, and from Steinbeck's letters will take place online in The World of John Steinbeck on January 28th at NoonJanuary 31st at 7 pm, and February 5th at 11 am  (all times PST). Visitors new to virtual worlds are advised to open accounts and get oriented to how they work well in advance of when live events are scheduled to begin.

Information on EXPLORE The World of John Steinbeck including "Getting Started", an "Avatar Guide", and links to opening a free user account on the Kitely Grid are available at http://exploreseanchai.blogspot.com/EXPLORE can be found in Kitely on the Open Metaverse at grid.kitely.com:8002:EXPLORESeanchai

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men is funded, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.  


News and Notes


    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. 
    • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, promotion, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
    • Selby will be doing test video capture of presentations in voice.  These may be posted on YouTube.
    • Presentations are in voice and text.  
    • For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  
    • Voice presentations may be captured in video.  
    • Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

    Next WIP show

    • Next WIP show: Sun. Feb. 12, Noon SLT 
    • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)

    • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • world.narasnook.com:8900
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
    • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
    • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22

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            Metaverse beginner help

                            Schools in virtual worlds

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