I love the internet, almost too much.
This morning, I was listening to the April 12th episode of The World’s Technology podcast and learned about Such Tweet Sorrow. I wish I had learned about it earlier. Basically, there is a group of actors/performers who are acting out a modern version of Romeo & Juliet over the internet. Each character has a Twitter account and they tweet constantly, as if the play were happening in real time. The performance is enhanced by Juliet’s love songs on You Tube, a Tumblr blog, and last.fm playlists, to name a few.
I think what impresses me the most is how thoughtful this project really is. The performers didn’t just tweet, they created an interactive universe, using as many of the internet’s tools as they can. They interact as I truly believe these characters would interact on the internet, which makes sense, as they are all members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
If you love Shakespeare or would just like to see how the internet shapes art and performance, I implore you to check this project out. (Catch up on the story here.) It’s truly brilliant.