Our Magic and Our Passing – Goodbye from the SL Shakespeare Company, Primtings, and sLiterary

We begin this letter with our thanks for those patrons who could no longer be with us. The resounding spirit has always been that the 4-sim SL Globe Theatre would fight to be around — and, there are many who donated and have passed away, hoping that they might survive through their contributions to SL Shakespeare or Primtings.

Since our time of passing is due to be in the same month as that of a major RL luminary, our Artistic Director Ina Centaur, has an anecdote to share:

“Once upon a time, after one of those fundraising rounds, the avatar of someone rich and famous in RL contacted me. The patron criticized me for paying too much for SL and attempting to do everything myself, but helped donate enough (through several alt’s) to help save the Shakespeare and Primtings sims.

“In early 2009, I received a mysterious package by mail in RL — an iPhone 3G. It was rather anonymized, but I thanked the patron by IM — and, he told me that that was what I should be putting my time into. He also said that he created iTunes so that independent creators could share their creations and even turn it into a viable business — something that could exist without being dependent on donations.

“Was it really Steve Jobs? I kept to our policy of respecting the privacy of our patrons, so I did not inquire further. Instead, I wanted to discover this from the other side — to be able to meet him in RL, of my own accord, for having done something great on iOS. I didn’t get to do that yet, but I knew two weeks ago, when he passed away, that this SL dream was over… But, it was beautiful while it lasted.”

There’s always the mystery and the hope that what we do here would reach out and change the lives of our audience – whomever they are, whether rich and famous or a moviestar or just yourself.

For a while, we held onto the odd notion that the creations in Second Life might get to live on beyond its usual time. It’s a childlike wish best summarized by the parable from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web – it’s hope that Wilbur the Pig might survive, as the world sees its wonder and magic via the brilliance of one small spider’s web.

But, all things come to an end, and it’s only in fairy tales that one small spider like Charlotte could manage to convey her message and save Wilbur before her death. In Second Life, our ventures have survived many passings – from patrons to founders to prospective actors. But, we simply do not have the significant reach to be saved.

The Shakespeare Primtings sLiterary and Skin City sims will go down on Oct 29 or thereabouts. The process in which sims are deactivated is not usually punctual – we aren’t sure exactly when the executioners would finally pull the plug, but when they do, it will be the end of our Second Life.

We thank you for having witnessed the short duration of this virtual miracle. Adieu.

sLiterary, 2007-2011
Primtings, 2008-2011
The 4-Sim SL Globe Theatre and the SL Shakespeare Company – 2008 to 2011

And, if you wish, here’s the other notecard with details about what happened and why Ina Centaur chose to quit: (EOL SL Shakespeare and the Reasons to Leave SL)

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5 comments so far


Farwell, Ina, you should be proud of what you have accomplished in SL. /me gives standing ovation. Bravo!

October 23rd, 2011 at 7:21 am

Dear Ina,

Thanks for the final letter, and it is good to read in your Reasons to Leave SL notecard that there may be life for mShakespeare beyond its second. If you haven’t read it already, you should take a page or two from James Shapiro’s excellent biography 1599 as inspiration. When rent for James Burbage’s Theatre was too much, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men tore down their theatre and rebuilt it as the Globe. Of course, trying to get any object out of Second Life seems next to impossible, but you still have your company of virtual actors, and entirely new (and mobile) platforms to recreate the magic. I look forward to seeing more Shakespeare in the metaverse, and please keep me posted on the latest developments.


ps. Are you still Ina Centaur in RL, or will the identity disappeared with all of your other SL creations?

October 23rd, 2011 at 9:49 am
Jo Yardley

Please keep the entire Globe theatre in your inventory.
Who knows one day in the far future, I may find a new spot for it.

October 24th, 2011 at 4:31 am
Osprey Therian

I’m sad. I always admired the characters and costumes greatly, and the whole undertaking was very well done. Onward to new things, with lots of good wishes accompanying you.

October 24th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Farewell sLiterary. You will be missed. Here’s my tribute: http://huckleberryhax.blogspot.com/2011/10/farewell-sliterary.html

October 25th, 2011 at 3:48 am

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