Yes, Android is an improvised show about the intersection of human relationships with technology. One improviser will receive their their dialogue from an artificial intelligence, a chatbot and voice recognition software to prompt the responses, which would then be fed via bluetooth to an earpiece for the improviser. The challenge for the cast will be to justify the responses, both in the emotional/physical choices of the "surrogate", and in the reactions of the other players. This will be especially compelling as we watch the AI continue to learn and evolve through over the course of the interactions.
Through an use of artificial intelligence within the context of an improvised show we can explore how humans and machines make decisions, and how mistakes and unexpected choices by either create unique spontaneous discoveries. Set in a near-future world, the kind of reality explored in fictions like Her, Black Mirror and Ex Machina. The show will explore the relationships of a connected group of individuals, and the impediments to intimacy and communication that are inherent to all personal dynamics.
Yes, Android is directed by Bad Dog Theatre’s interim Artistic Director Etan Muskat and is being developed in collaboration with Edmonton based improviser Kory Mathewson (Rapid Fire Theatre) who has been working with AI and improv for several years. The show features Tess Degenstein (Blind Date), Talal Itani (Featured Players), Mark Little (Mr. D), Amy Matysio (Wolf Cop), Kevin Vidal (Workin’ Moms), Becky Johnson (Second City Mainstage) and is produced by Florian Francois.
9:30PM | Fridays
April 21st to May 19th
Preview: Friday, April 21
Opening: Friday, April 28
Students/Arts Workers $10 | Adults $15
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