• Sonny Constantino-Herrera

    I find it ironic that today in one of my
    classes we spoke about how people can no longer stay engaged in many forms of
    entertainment without checking their phones and we spoke about whether or not
    this was a bad thing. Many people, especially youths, often engage with multiple
    concurrent forms of stimuli, and while this is neither a good or bad thing, it
    can be frustrating for artist to not have his/her audience’s attention. I
    believe immersive theatre is one of the new frontiers for getting rid of this “problem”.
    With the type of media that we produce as a society, it becomes more difficult
    for people to be intrigued in art that makes them feel alive. With Housework,
    the audience must be engaged for is something to happen. This show provides a
    raw and real but simultaneous surreal experience that shatters the 4th
    wall. Traditional play viewing experiences has more of a lecture vibe to it,
    while Housework feels more like a discussion. Making theatre immersive
    stimulates many parts of the mind and engages the audience in a way that
    checking one’s phone is not on their minds, since they have essentially become one
    of the characters.

  • Matt Clarke

    As a student studying theatre at a school that emphasizes
    more experimental practices, and having seen or participated in immersive
    pieces, I agree that this sounds like a different and wonderful beast. Upon
    hearing this concept, the first thing that comes to my mind is LARPing
    (Live-Action Role-Playing). A similar open-roam space concept applies, where
    characters who have agreed to play interact with their surroundings, characters
    played by pre-set performers as well as other characters played by
    participants. Their interactions directly impact discoveries made and the
    outcome of the events at play as a whole. I would almost hazard to say the
    concept at work in Houseworld, may be
    stepping past the bounds of ‘what is theatre’ and beginning to craft a new form
    of entertainment.

  • Cody Soper

    As someone who is only beginning to study experimental immersive theatre, I find this piece very exciting and something I would love to experience. I really appreciate Hoepfner’s respect for the continued creation aspect of the piece, because I think it is hard to say that a piece is every fully completed, there is always some aspect that could be tweaked or re-thought, etc. Beyond that, I think the part that I appreciate the most is the fact that the art isn’t about Hoepfner, it isn’t about the creator, it is about the audience and what experiences they are going to take home with them and how those experiences will change the conversations that they have with their friends immediately after and hopefully how they will view future pieces of art and even life experiences.