Deus Ex Machina

Written and Directed by Liz Fisher

Produced by Whirligig Productions, Shrewd Productions and Fusebox Festival

 

Deus Ex Machina is a live, choose-your-own-adventure performance that gives total control of the play’s storyline to the audience. Written and directed by Shrewd Associate Artist, Liz Fisher, Deus Ex Machina rips characters from Greek mythology and throws them into a gladiator ring. Through the power of Zeus, the audience is transformed into gods and battle it out like clashing titans to determine the fates of the infamous characters of the House of Atreus: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Electra, and Orestes. But no matter what the audience chooses, there are consequences, and not all of these characters will make it out alive.

 

Part real world video game, part Tarantino revenge flick, you’ve never seen Greek drama like this before. When was the last time you played god?

 

Shrewd Productions co-produced this thrilling experiment in theatre with Whirligig and Fusebox Festival in January, 2015 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.  

 

Cast
Zeus - Lowell Bartholomee

Clytemnestra - Katherine Catmull

Agamemnon - Matt Davies

Cassandra - Robin Grace Thompson

Electra - Cami Alys

Orestes - Chase Brewer

Aegisthus - Judd Farris

Herald - Justin Scalise

High Priestess - Hildreth England

Priestesses - Kelly Hassandras, Rebecca Pearcy, Jessica Hughes and Dany Casey

 

Production Crew

Director / Playwright / Producer - Liz Fisher

Assistant Director - Lily Wolff

Stage Manager - Stephanie Delk

Assistant Stage Manager - Emily Rankin

Dramaturg / Producer - Ellie McBride

Producer - Shannon Grounds

Technology Design / Producer - Robert Matney

Technology Design - Tim Thomas

Scenic Design - Justin Smith

Lighting Design - Megan Reilly

Costume Design - Jamie Urban

Video Design - Lowell Bartholomee

Composer / Sound Design - Kenneth Mockler

Movement / Choreography - Kelly Hasandras & Robin Grace Thompson

Fight Choreography - Joseph Garlock

Production Manager - Jeremy Brown

 

"Experimental." An adjective with the potential to elicit anxiety in even the most seasoned theatregoer. Yes, new work that toys with uncharted modes of storytelling can be a daunting prospect for those who more often seek tried-and-true classics for consumption. But fear not: Director/playwright Liz Fisher's Deus Ex Machinaprovides a highly accessible experiment for anyone with the ability to send and receive text messages."

 - Adam Roberts, Austin Chronicle

 

"What sets Fisher’s work apart from all other productions or offshoot plays about these classical Greek tragedies is the production’s strong embrace of digital technology...And this opens new territories for theatre and the collaboration between performers and audiences. This collaboration is the vital heart of Deus ex Machina ('God out of the machine' in translation)." - David Glen Robinson, Central Texas Live Theatre

 

Person of Action - Brooks Naylor

Production Assistant - Reagan Tankersley

Production Photographer - Will Hollis Snider

Consultant Beth Burns 

Fundraiser Co-producer - Isto Barton

Fudraiser Crew - Rudy Ramirez, Jennifer Coy, Andrea Smith, Jennifer Davis, Amy Minor, Toby Minor, Trey Deason, Kimberley Mead

 

© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire

 

Shrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 

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