CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR is a multi-media play that tells the charged story of the interwoven lives of an African-American soldier, an Iraqi girl blogger and a white military therapist, through the lens of the technologies that connect them. Inspired by the convergence of video game environments, virtual technology and military research, it is the world’s first theatrical production licensed to incorporate animated landscapes from “Virtual Iraq,” a virtual-reality (VR) program based on war video-games and used in veterans’ PTSD therapy.
Developed in collaboration with Joseph Megel (director) and Jared Mezzocchi (media design) through the HERE Arts Residency Program (HARP) in New York. Consultancy and software support provided by Dr. Skip Rizzo (creator of Virtual Iraq) and his team at the Institute for Creative Technologies, USC Los Angeles.
Winner of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting/ Screenwriting Fellowship, 2013.
As previously titled version, YOU ARE DEAD. YOU ARE HERE : Finalist for an AWGIE, 2016.
- 90 minutes
- 2 female, 1 male
- HANNA, 40s. White therapist. MICHAEL, 20s. African-American Iraq war veteran. ZAYNAB, 16. Iraqi teenage blogger.
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre