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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
March 18, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center Presents a Techno Theater Display

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) in conjunction with the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project, presents "Full Spectrum: A Techno Theatre Experiment" during the First Light Festival in New York City. This presentation of interactive theater technologies will be presented at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, in New York City.

The theater presentations will be held March 27-29 at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The production is free, but reservations are required. To make reservations, please call 212-247-4982.

Technological displays will be held throughout the EST building including two stages, offices, lobbies and a sculpture gallery. Brenda Bakker Harger, ETC project director, will direct "Full Spectrum." Harger commissioned two plays by playwrights Sarah Ruhl and Susan Kim that will be performed on EST's mainstage. "We are using technology in theatre to extend an invitation to normally passive audience members the opportunity to become part of the onstage dynamic. In this way, technology is more than a special effect, it becomes an integral part of telling the story," said Harger.

Sarah Ruhl's "Virtual Meditation #1.5" is a play of virtual images of people on a screen. The play is a story of two strangers meeting for the first time. They are hooked to monitors to measure skin response and heartbeats. These monitors will then project virtual images, facial expressions and create sounds so the actors can interact. Measurable biological signals influence and change the projected scenery on screen.

Susan Kim's "Man and a Woman at a Restaurant" is a comic exploration of audience interaction in the 21st century and relies on audience participation. ETC will use common technological devices to provoke interaction with audience members.

ETC will use the remainder of the building to create an eclectic mix of technological experiences. Attendees will experience an "AquaLounge Project" altering space, sky and underwater environments, take a virtual tour of "Room of Knowledge" visiting Web sites of EST and ETC, experience "Talking Sculptures" and look through the "Hole in Floor, a technological experiment viewing the activities on other floors through a virtual hole.

ETC is an interdisciplinary technological research program in the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science. Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information on "Full Spectrum" please visit www.fullspectrumexperiment.com. For more information on Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center or the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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