Performances of The Video Game Monologues, an episodic play based on the real stories of video game players, will be held at The Phoenix Theatre Annex, San Francisco on Sept. 20-21 and 27-28 at 8 p.m. PT.
According to founding artistic director of Vector Art Ensemble, Lian Amaris, the play represents male, female, hardcore, casual, young, old, arcade, console and mobile players, while exploring the "relationship between screens and psyches."
"We believe the memories made around video games are as significant for a person's identity as music, books, or any other experiential medium," Amaris said in a statement. "As misplaced proof of their influence, video games are often used as cultural scapegoats for violence and sexism, but performing these stories amplifies the redemptive power of games and how they can change lives."
"Beyond their entertainment value, games are a cultural barometer for how we connect to or disconnect from other people through technology," she said.
The Video Game Monologues run Sept. 20-21 and 27-28 at 8 p.m. PT at The Phoenix Theatre Annex, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco. Tickets are available from Eventbrite for $15. Preview performances of The Video Game Monologues will be held at the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco on Sept. 19. An East Coast premiere is slated for Oct. 2-5 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York.