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“Niobe” is the re-telling of the story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in which the deaths of Niobe’s fourteen children and her husband will be staged in real-time in front of the audience using Halo: Reach and several, system-linked Xbox 360 consoles. Hemispheres Magazine described the piece as “an act of 21st century puppetry…that might be theater’s future.” The performance will be followed by a short Q and A with the director and the performers.
EK Machinima Theater is a group of students from the Pierrepont School in Westport, CT, that is led by Eddie Kim, their teacher. The group has been presenting works of machinima theater, pieces in which video game characters are used as puppets since 2007. Each year, they present a classical story or collection of stories using video games. They have performed in various venues including at the ART in Cambridge, MA. In 2010, the New York Times called one of their pieces "an impressive feat of engineering, coordination, and storytelling.” They just completed a successful run of their newest collection, “Kwaidan: 4 Machinima Theater Pieces” at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.