1998

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0371  Monday, 20 April 1998.

From:           Stephen N. Matsuba <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 19 Apr 1998 02:31:12 +0000
Subject:        VRML Dream Perfomance Date Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: STEPHEN MATSUBA, SHOC INTERACTIVE, 416.922.6793, EMAIL,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or BERNIE ROEHL, University of Waterloo, EMAIL,
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THE VRML DREAM PROJECT ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE DATES FOR THEIR INTERNET VR
PRODUCTION OF A MIDSUMMERS NIGHT'S DREAM

The VRML Dream Project is pleased to announce the performance dates for
VRML Dream.  An open rehearsal for schools and universities will be
broadcast via the Internet on Thursday, 23 April 1998 at 12:30 PM EDT.
The actual performance will be broadcast on Sunday, 26 April 1998 at
1:00 PM EDT and will last approximately one-half hour.  Both the open
rehearsal and the performance will be followed by an IRC chat where
people can ask the project coordinators and the actors about the
production.

VRML Dream is 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 are constructed using VRML 2.0. The characters' avatars
will be controlled by "puppeteers" working on computers, and their
voices will be performed live by actors. 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 camera angle.

People who wish to watch the production live will need a Web browser
with a VRML plug-in and an RTP player. We have tested the VRML Dream
system on a variety of configurations, and have found that it works with
the following:

        * Netscape 4.x and the Cosmo Player 2.0
        * Internet Explorer and the Worldview Player 2.1

VRML Dream is also using RTP and GSM compression to stream the audio for
the performance. In order to hear the actors, one will need an RTP
player that can handle GSM compression.  The VRML Dream project
recommends people use the Speak Freely player for this purpose. The
Windows version is available at
http://www.fourmilab.ch/speakfree/windows/. A Unix version can be found
at http://www.fourmilab.ch/speakfree/unix/.  The Windows version is also
available at http://www.shoc.com/vrmldream/downloads/speakfb.zip.

The IRC chats following the open rehearsal and the performance will be
held on Dalnet in a chat room called vrmldream.  A number of IRC
programs are available including mIRC for Windows
(http://www.mirc.co.uk). Further details about setting up your computer
to watch the performance is available at the VRML Dream main web page
(http://www.shoc.com/vrmldream/main.html).

For the latest information about VRML Dream, visit the main web site at
http://www.shoc.com/vrmldream or contact the coordinators directly.
Stephen N. Matsuba can be reached by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by
phone at (416) 922-6793.  Bernie Roehl can be reached by e-mail at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A press kit is also available via the Web at
http://www.shoc.com/vrmldream/presskit.html.

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