Philadelphia Fringe Festival only 6 weeks away

    The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is still 6 weeks away, but you can already experience a taste of its experimental theater online, in real time.

    The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is still 6 weeks away, but you can already experience a taste of its experimental theater online, in real time.

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    The play and online project are called Fatebook, 13 characters intertwine with love affairs, squabbles, and betrayals. So far it exists completely in cyberspace. Actors give voice to those characters through the social networking platforms. Facebook and Twitter. In September the characters will finally meet face-to-face, onstage at the Fringe Festival.

    Actor Tim Bechtel is updating his character’s Facebook page and tweeting several times a day. People following his character online freely comment on his fictive life.

    Bechtel: The Facebook part of the show is a huge part of it. Not only do the audience comments affect the show, but they are the show. If they connect with the Facebook characters on Facebook they become part of the show.

    The director of Fatebook says he has mapped out the progress of each character, but the actors don’t yet know what will happen to them.

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