ϭϰ óóó͘¥½®Öæƒþ®Ä›͘ěãWZ/>ϮϬϭϳ Onthesamelines,Pugmirebroughtuptheconcernofsafety. “Safety is top priority,” he said. “We want the audience to feel that they are watching a real, violent encounter take place while the actors feel that they are never going to be injured in the process.” (YHQWKHVWDJHFUHZPXVWEHÀH[LEOH7KLVLVYHU\GLI ferent from most plays, where crews do the same thing every night. Pixler and Stolworthy recalled several per- formances where crews came dan- gerously close to missing light and sound cues because the show took an interesting new direction. Sometimes, they simply got wrapped up in watch- ing the show. On the other side of the stage, the pas- sion is even more intense. Audiences are some of the most diverse in the- atre, consisting of some combination of people who enjoy gaming, theatre, stage combat, comedy, and audience participation. The duo accommodates their unique fandom by producing the show in unconventional arenas. Alex Genther is a Los Angeles actor who has performed the show in one very unique space: comic and gaming conventions. “It feels like we are doing a live WWE match,” Genther wrote in an e-mail, “with crowds full of cosplayers yell- ing and screaming for their favorite characters. It’s such a rush to have DQDXGLHQFHVRHQJDJHGLQRXU¿ JKWV and scenes!” Sarah Ruttan, one of the original cast members, gets excited when they bring the show to traditional theatre crowds. As these crowds aren’t always famil- iar with gaming, Ruttan observed that they “are prepared to sit for an hour and a half, and enjoy being taken out of the world, with little to no participation in events unfolding. This show blows that all away.” Lately, the creators have talked about courting a fresher au- dience:highschools.Initiallyaconfusingidea,itmadesense once Stolworthy explained it. “Kids, when they think about theatre, it’s Romeo and Juliet, it’s heightened language, it’s sittinginachairforthenextthreehours. Instead, we want to introduce them to things they’ve never been exposed to before: stage combat, blood and gore effects, and non-linear writing.” Pixler added that The Video Games could be a gateway. “If we can give them something accessible to draw them in and then study the great works, that’s amazing.” With all of these plans in addition to the current productions of the show, one question comes to mind: how do 3L[OHUDQG6WROZRUWK\¿ QGWKHWLPH" “Wine helps,” Stolworthy jokes. Pixler added more seriously that they sim- ply don’t sleep. He quit his job when the show went to New York in order to give it more time. Stolworthy himself works three jobs, but uses his week- ends to audition new casts and attend rehearsals. Wherever the show does end up going, these guys are deter- mined to be there. Stolworthy summed up his intent like this: “What’s that awful high school quote they always put in yearbooks? ‘Shoot for the moon, if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars.’ No, no we’re going to the moon!” Who knows? They’ve certainly done a lot with the passion, talent, and friends they already have. If they keep chas- ing their dreams (and the occasional margarita) they might just make it to that level. ^ĞƌŐŝŽ^ŽůŽƌnjĂŶŽŝƐĂĨĂŶŽĨ^ƉŝĚĞƌͲDĂŶĂŶĚEŝŶƚĞŶĚŽǁŚŽĂůƐŽĚĂďďůĞƐŝŶĐŽƐƉůĂLJ͘tŚĞŶŚĞΖƐŶŽƚŐŽŝŶŐĐŽŶǀĞŶƟ ŽŶƐŽƌĐĂƚĐŚŝŶŐWŽŬĠŵŽŶ͕ŚĞĐĂŶďĞĨŽƵŶĚǁƌŝƟ ŶŐĂďŽƵƚ ŐĞĞŬLJƚŚŝŶŐƐĨŽƌǁǁǁ͘ϮϭƐƚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJŶĞƌĚ͘ĐŽŵ͘&ŽƌŵŽƌĞŽĨŚŝƐŶĞƌĚLJĂĚǀĞŶƚƵƌĞƐ͕Į ŶĚŚŝŵŽŶdǁŝƩ ĞƌΛƐĞƌŐŝŽƐŽůŽƌnjĂŶŽŽƌŽŶ/ŶƐƚĂŐƌĂŵΛƐĞƌŐŝŽƐƉĂŶŝƐŚŶŝŶũĂ͘ ůĞdž'ĞŶƚŚĞƌ;ŽŵŵĂŶĚĞƌ^ŚĞƉĂƌĚͿ ĂŶĚW:DĞŐĂǁ;^ĐŽƌƉŝŽŶͿ͕^ĂƌĂŚEŝĞůƐĞŶ ;ũŝŐŐůLJƉƵī ͕ƉĂƌƟ ĂůƉŝĐƚƵƌĞĚͿ