ANNOUNCEMENT: A Virtual Reality Theatre Project
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0867. Thursday, 21 August 1997.
From: Stephen N. Matsuba <
Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 1997 17:30:33 +0000
Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT: A Virtual Reality Theatre Project
ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW VRML 2.0 THEATRE PROJECT: VRML DREAM
Stephen N. Matsuba and Bernie Roehl would like to announce the start of
VRML Dream: a VRML-based theatre production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer
Night's Dream. The goal of this project is to broadcast a "live"
production of the play over the Internet.
The play's characters, sets and props will be constructed using VRML
2.0. VRML is the Virtual Reality Modeling Language: an international
standard for creating 3-D environments and objects on the Internet. You
can view VRML worlds using a VRML 2.0 browser. There are free browsers
for WIndows 95 and NT, Macintosh PowerPCs, and Unix. You can get more
information at either vrml.sgi.com or www.intervista.com
The characters' avatars for VRML Dream will be controlled by
"puppeteers" working on a variety of workstations with actors providing
the voices. Because we are interested in the "broadcast" element of
this medium, the audience will be able to watch the play from a variety
of viewpoints, including a "director's" viewpoint that changes position
in much the same way that a movie or television production controls the
Bernie and I have developed a working script for the production and plan
to broadcast VRML Dream live over the Internet to coincide with the VRML
98 symposium in February 1998.
We are looking for people who are interested in collaborating on this
project. Bernie has set up a mailing list for this project. It is
intended mainly as a technical forum, but we are interested in hearing
from actors, theatre people, and Shakespeare scholars who are interested
in contributing their expertise as well. To join, contract Bernie at
If you would like more information about the project, you can contact
either myself at
or Bernie at
We have also set up a website about the project at
The website contains a copy of the working script for the production,
and will also maintain an archive of the discussion.
We look forward to hearing from you.