Here are the Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) regarding our new On-Demand Run (ODR) program.
Q. How does the On-Demand Run program (ODR) work?
A. The On-Demand Run is a program that lets audience members demand the time for the show they’d like to see, while helping to spread the love of SL Shakespeare across the grid, and beyond. Audience members can choose a date and time, and the show will be guaranteed if either a quorum or impensa is met; in other words, to have a show “set in stone,” an audience member can sign up enough friends who will see a show, or pay a fee to help us make back the costs involved in putting on a production.
Q. Is this free, or is it in the same “Pay As You Will” spirit of SLSC shows?
A. Yes, providing that you can reach Quorum. Otherwise, you would still get your show on the date you want it if you pay a nominal fee, as specified above.
Q. Can I request a show at my own venue?
A. This program only addresses shows at the SL Globe Theatre, Blackfriars Theatre, and the Shakespeare and Primtings island sims. For shows at other venues, please see http://offsite.SLshakespeare.com
Q. What if I would like a private show at the SL Globe Theatre?
A. You can specify your Quorum or Impensa session (see above) to be private or public, per your will. If it is private, only the avatars on your list will be allowed entrance to the event.
Q. Which plays will you put on?
A. We are planning to start with your choice of (any) single-scene production of Hamlet, Twelfth Night, or King Lear; or entire-act performances of Twelfth Night. We may also do encore performances.
Q. Can the SL Globe Theatre accommodate at least 100 avatars?
A. Yes. The SL Globe Theatre is located in the confluence of 4 private island sims. Each private island supports up to 100 avatars. The SL Globe Theatre can accommodate up to 400 avatars.
Q. How would performance be affected by a large audience load?
A. Linden Lab asserts that recent updates in server architecture should make live performances with large audience counts on this level more efficient than in the past.
Q. This is a lot of work to gather all those avatars; will I get my effort’s worth?
A. You and your guests will get to experience the SL Shakespeare Company magic for no cost, if you meet Quorum. Plus, your guests will all receive limited edition ODR goody packs! So, what’s not to love about rounding people up to share the love of Shakespeare in live performance on SL?
Q. Will you be performing shows in a regular season?
A. In the past, so many people miss our shows due to timing problems — and, for the few who have seen shows from our main Shakespearean canon, you’ll know that once you miss it, it’s gone. To try avoiding this problem, we would really like our favorite fans to set their own dates using the ODR system.
Q. Do you plan to perform the rest of Twelfth Night?
A. We hope to! As long as we can get enough of an audience… The play doesn’t seem to draw as much as a solid tragedy like Hamlet. Help us put on Twelfth Night by rounding up a crowd for your own ODR session!