The Russo Brothers are certainly very busy — not only are they finishing up Avengers: Infinity War (and prepping for Avengers 4), they are now running their own production company, called AGBO. Under this banner, they are looking to get involved in the world of ... interactive theater.
We're as surprised as you are, but believe us, this is not your grandmother's interactive theater, if she even went for that kind of thing. Bloody Disgusting is reporting that AGBO is teaming with The Tension Experience, which is an immersive theatrical horror event that has been directed for the last three years by Darren Bousman (Repo!, Saw II, III, IV). It is almost impossible to describe what this interactive entertainment is, exactly, and that's kind of the point. It's partly a live theater show, but it's also an alternate online gaming situation.
Bousman himself is quoted as saying, "As a consumer, I became passive... I sit back and I watch while things happen around me. I wanted to feel more engaged. I needed something to wake me up and inspire me. Immersive theater did that. It forces the audience to be active. We want to create enviornments where the audiences are the stars... their action unlocks the narrative." Joe and Anthony Russo attended one of these interactive shows, and they were blown away, according to BD.
"We're beyond impressed by the wholly immersive experience that Tension has brought to all of their shows, and we look forward to helping them expand their reach," says a statement from Joe and Anthony Russo. A part of this will include the creation of a permanent fixture in Las Vegas, which will feature a living, breathing world that reacts to the choices of the audience. The new location would also include "new and cutting-edge technology that will be in play before, during, and after you step through their doors."
As the audiences of these shows help to shape the narrative, it is unclear at the moment how much of the "story" the Russos will have a hand in. If they do have any input, it is likely that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely may have some as well. They are frequent collaborators with the Russos (screenwriters on both of the Russo-led Captain America films as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4), and they were recently named AGBO's "co-presidents of story."
Though much of the interactive theater experience does come from audience response, an overarching outline is often utilized. The insanely popular Sleep No More in New York changes depending on how you navigate it, but it has roots firmly set in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Likewise, most interactive escape rooms (also rapidly growing in popularity and number) have outlined backstories to them that twist and bend as needed. The Russos may be helping these new shows expand physically and financially, but there's every possibility that they could get involved with the narrative, and their respective Story Lords would be right beside them.
For more information on The Tension Experience, visit their website... even if you can't attend one of their shows, you can still participate. What does that mean, exactly? You'll have to click HERE to find out.
(Via: Bloody Disgusting)