An audience fitted with i-Glasses! can see live actors onstage and projected images at the same time.
PLAY by Samuel Beckett
In March of 1996, a small test of a new audience/VR interface was held
in the design studio of KU's Murphy Hall. Under the direction of graduate
student Lance Gharavi, Samuel Beckett's PLAY was presented to an audience
of six wearing i-glasses! Actors were previously videotaped in 3-D. During
the performance they were super-imposed over a 3-D virtual world was navigated
in real time. Lance himself played the part of "The Light", a live character
that manipulated the audience's view of the performance. In costume and
makeup, Lance was visible through the translucent screens of the i-glasses!.
By manipulation of lighting conditions and the composition of the virtual
worlds, Lance appeared as a ghostly figure looming over and behind the
three characters. Pretty cool!
A still from the laboratory production of PLAY. As seen through the
This project is sponsored in part by The United States Institute for Theatre Technology