Thursday, April 14, 2016

Acting Innocent Ensemble presents Leveling Up

Acting Innocent Ensemble presents


Leveling Up


Performance Dates:


Preview on April 14th at 7:30

April 15th, 22nd-23rd & 28th-30th at 7:30 PM


April 24th & May 1st at 2 PM




The Community Playhouse

1881 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705

Tickets and info:!tickets/bqm23


Tickets will be sold at the door and online for $15.


Leveling Up is a play that feels familiar. Growing up in the 21st century I feel as though I missed out on a lot of the staples of childhood; playing chase outside was replaced with racing my friends online, charting unconquered mythical territory took the place of exploring the neighborhood, and much of my social interaction revolved around a screen. This is not to say that I regret my time playing games, it kept me (an only child) social with people outside of my home and it allowed me to develop teamwork and social skills that I believe are still valuable today.

Eventually, I grew out of this phase of obsessive gaming. While I am able to occasionally shoot some baddies or explore a new territory on an alien planet, much of my adventure stems from enjoying life in the real world. Yet, for the characters in Leveling Up this is a daunting task. Leaving their realm of technology and energy drinks means entering a place of unknown social interaction and life challenges which seem uninspiring in comparison to "Final Kill III". The play follows these individuals as they struggle to balance the difference between a virtual life and the real world which continues to move forward as they gear up to fight more Klarnogs and Santorgs. 


Leveling Up is an important look at our society's growing obsession with the virtual world; whether it be through the lack of face to face communication, or simply spending unfathomable amounts of time behind a screen - technology dictates our day to day actions. Through our production of Leveling Up, my hope is that you are able to appreciate the struggles that these characters face. The connections between a virtual world and real life are sometimes unsettling, and as the characters find out, our virtual actions can have very real consequences.

                                                   -Griffin Johnston, Director



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