LL Zane: Second Life News by Lora Constantine

sLiterary: WoWA Returns with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on January 25, 2009

sLiterary, Second Life—Beginning February 1, 2009, WoWA (“Works of Women Authors”) will be reading and discussing Stephenie Meyer’s epic #1 bestselling novel Twilight in conjunction with Twilight SL. All are invited to attend the group’s daily and weekly sessions: 7 PM SLT (GMT-8), Mondays thru Saturdays, and 3 PM SLT on Sundays. The discussions are tentatively held at the Long Discussion House, sLiterary or the Blackfriars Theatre, Shakespeare. Details will be posted at http://twilightsl.com

The discussions will progress at roughly a chapter a day on Mondays thru Saturdays, with a recap of the past week’s six chapters on Sundays, to finish the twenty-four chapters of Twilight in the twenty-eight days of February, 2009. Participants may wish to finish reading the novel before February to engage in more advanced discussions through the month.

While the discussions are designed to be informal, and the topics variable, the group hopes to critically analyze the novel to discover both insights in the saga itself, as well as the craft of fiction.

About WoWA

WoWA, a.k.a., “Works of Women Authors” is a sLiterary initiative with the purpose of bringing awareness to literary works written by female authors. WoWA events usually manifest in the form of a discussion group that meets on Second Life to (critically) discuss literary works written by women. The group has analyzed in depth over the period of several months the works of Ayn Rand, Virginia Woolf, and Mary Shelley. While the group has traditionally studied works by non-contemporary authors, the group is now venturing into contemporary authors.

About sLiterary

With humble beginnings as a literary magazine and discussion group formed in mid-2006, sLiterary is now a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering literary and artistic endeavors in Second Life and virtual worlds. In addition to sLiterary Magazine, a literary journal dedicated to “fiction set in the virtual world of Second Life”, sLiterary actively supports several major initiatives, notably the SL Shakespeare Company, the sLiterary Art & Writing Gallery, and Primtings Museum. Various literary and artistic events of note are held in the sLiterary sims.

About Twilight SL

Twilight SL is a new group on Second Life dedicated to connecting Twilight fans on Second Life to do Twilight-related things on SL! Planned activities include in-depth discussions of the Saga, RP, fan fiction creation and critique, machinima, photography, and more! Please join the Twilight SL group for updates. More info @ http://twilightSL.com !

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SLSC SOS Campaign January Update

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on January 22, 2009

January 21, 2009
Contact: Lora Constantine

SLSC SOS Campaign January Update

Shakespeare, Second Life—The SL Shakespeare Company today announced the two-month anniversary of its SOS “Save Our Sims” Campaign. Campaign statistics are available in real-time on the Campaign website @ http://Campaign.SLshakespeare.com. Below are some Campaign notables so far:

The SOS Campaign grand total as of midnight January 21, 2009 is L$789,245.

Over 600 unique avatars donated.

Over 420 donated L$100 or more.
Over 85 donated L$1000 or more.
Over 20 donated L$5000 or more.

Over 250 donation kiosks rezzed across the grid from Anian to Zoha Island E.

The Queen Elizabeth Rainbow Gown One-of-a-Kind (created and donated by Ms. Naergilien Wunderlich) was auctioned off for L$100,000 on December 21, 2008 to Ms. Amase Levasseur, setting the record for the highest price tag on a virtual reconstruction of a historical dress.

The top three donors are Dusan Writer, Amase Levasseur, and the Rockcliffe University Consortium.

Artistic Director Ina Centaur comments, “Thank you for believing in our vision—for seeing the good that can be created within SL itself, for daring to dream about what Second Life can be… for supporting our nascent endeavor of virtual theatre with its lofty dreams of unprecedented quality to reach out to audiences in worlds beyond the virtual, and for helping to ensure our survival. The SL Shakespeare Company can’t exist without you! Thank you.”

While the initial goal of $L1.5 million was not met, the SLSC did meet its 50% goal, which would be enough to pay tier for three of its four island sims for six months, ensuring programming of several productions until then. The Campaign continues.

Both a list of current Campaign kiosks and the link to a kiosk dispenser are available at the Campaign website @ http://campaign.SLshakespeare.com

About the SL Shakespeare Company:

The SL Shakespeare Company (SLSC) is a resident-funded and resident- supported professional theatre company that embraces the best of what Second Life (SL) has to offer. Since 2007, we have been making history by providing extravagant and unforgettable theatrical performances on Second Life. With each show, we continue to shape the field by developing and releasing a new technology for virtual theatre on Second Life. Our vision is to make live Shakespearean theatre available to anyone anywhere with a computer to create new possibilities in entertainment, culture, and commerce for residents of a diverse, unbounded geosphere. Those are the side effects of our mission: to make Shakespeare cool again!

About the SL Shakespeare Company Campaign (Reverse-Chronological since mid-2008):

Open Auditions for the SL Shakespeare Company

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on January 15, 2009

SLSC Uncle Shakes Wants You To Audition On Saturday, January 10, the SL Shakespeare Company announced its open audition information for several upcoming productions in 2009. The Company hopes to find actors to perform in its first open-ended run of “Twelfth Night: Act 1,” and other productions. The (voice) open audition will be held at the SL Globe Theatre on Saturday, January 24 at 1 PM SL Time.

The SL Shakespeare Company is Second Life’s premier professional theatre production troupe. According to artistic director Ina Centaur, “Since the beginning, we have been dedicated to creating and bringing serious theatre to Second Life. We hope to continue doing so by reaching out to and connecting the thespians around the world.” Of note from 2008, its inaugural year, the Company performed SL’s first historically accurate Elizabethan production of Hamlet, “In addition to aesthetics and meticulousness, our visual trademark has an emphasis on photorealism that transcends the normal drab SL avatar ‘look’ and needs just a touch of voice to bring the character to life.” Actors who make the cast would receive a complimentary SL skin created based on their RL face. The complete wardrobe from skin to hair to clothing would be designed by costume specialists.

For the open-ended run of Twelfth Night: Act 1, the Company hopes to cast no more than seven voice actors (and possible understudies), with an unlimited number of silent actors (actors with non-speaking roles), for at least one performance per week indefinitely. The date would be determined based on cast availability. Auditions for silent actors will be announced shortly. Those interested should join the SL Shakespeare Company group inworld.

Prospective voice actors are told to arrive early with their SL voice configured and also to be familiar with the first act of Twelfth Night, “Please be prepared to perform a passage (no more than 5 minutes) of your choice from ‘Twelfth Night: Act 1,’ a passage of my choice, and possibly another unrelated passage. See you at 1 PM on January 24th.”

For more information on the SL Shakespeare Company and updates on upcoming events, please check out their blog @ http://blog.SLshakespeare.com