Playwrighting has now gone digital in a huge way. WikiPlay is an internet based project striving to compose an original play using wiki-technology. In other words, anyone who has access to the internet can go to this site and contribute to the work or edit a part of the work. If you are looking for a truly collaborative process, the only thing that may trump this is the old game where everyone sitting around the campfire adds a word as you go around the circle to tell a story.
The idea is a noble one indeed. Unspun Theatre is using its experience in creating collaborative projects to create this new method of playwriting. However, it is not entirely clear what the purpose of the project is other than to do it. There is no structure for performance which is where theatre really lives - alive and on stage.
So what does this project provide us with? Are there other ways of accomplishing this type of collaboration that are perhaps more effective? Or how is this more effective than other forms of collaboration? Is this something that you would want to share in? Take a moment to poke around the WikiPlay site and tell us what you think.
Happy Birthday: Richard Burbage (1568-1619)