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SL Shakespeare Company Changes Its Name to Metaverse Shakespeare Company

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on February 23, 2010

February 22, 2010
Contact: Lora Constantine

SL Shakespeare Company Changes Its Name to Metaverse Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare, Second Life
— Feb 22, 2010 — The SL Shakespeare Company (SLSC) today has finalized its name change process, and will now officially be known as the Metaverse Shakespeare Company (MSC).

“In its three years, the SL Shakespeare Company has accomplished its goal of spreading Shakespeare throughout SL via reviving his theatre and architecture on SL, and promoting affiliate events, from discussion groups to Renaissance music to non-SLSC sims,” said Ina Centaur, Artistic Director of the Metaverse Shakespeare Company. “Our new brand name better reflects our expanded mission to take Shakespeare to the metaverse—beyond just Second Life, but also OpenSim, WOW, Entropia, and other multiuser virtual worlds. Moreover, it frees up the general name of ‘SL Shakespeare’ for others to use, to continue to imbue SL with that aqua vitae of Shakespeare.”

Centaur expounds on the achievements of the Metaverse Shakespeare Company, beyond Shakespeare, “We have created the nascent industry of virtual theatre as a professional medium, and we have also put on experimental plays, contemporary pieces and original works. Many of the techniques and methods we have exposed and developed in virtual theatre, while implemented on SL, extend to any virtual world. We have evolved beyond Second Life, into the metaverse.”

The old domain of slshakespeare.com will be retained, but mshakespeare.com is now in use, “There will inevitably be some legacy items that will retain the old name. For example, old playbills and programmes will retain the old SL Shakespeare Company name, but Metaverse Shakespeare is our new brand.”

The Metaverse Shakespeare Company will maintain its relation with the Virtual Shakespeare Consortium, as curator of the most historically accurate virtual architecture relating to William Shakespeare. The Metaverse Shakespeare Company is a fiscally sponsored project of sLiterary, Inc.

The SL inworld group SL Shakespeare Company has been renamed the Metaverse Shakespeare Company.

For a full list of changes effective due to this name change, please see http://blog.mshakespeare.com/.

About the Metaverse Shakespeare Company

Headquartered in the virtual world of Second Life (SL), the Metaverse Shakespeare Company (MSC) is the flagship project of sLiterary’s Virtual Reality Shakespeare Initiative (VRSI). MSC is a professional virtual theatre company that embraces the best of what the metaverse has to offer. While it is primarily known to provide quality live Shakespearean theatre available to anyone in any location, MSC is also the curator of the most historically accurate theatres and architecture in virtual worlds relating to William Shakespeare.

Website: http://mshakespeare.com
Press Center: http://mshakespeare.com/press
Blog: http://blog.mshakespeare.com
Playbills: http://playbills.mshakespeare.com
Programmes: http://programmes.mshakespeare.com

About the Virtual Shakespeare Consortium

The Virtual Shakespeare Consortium (vSC) is a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and Shakespearean culture to the Internet and beyond.

About sLiterary

sLiterary, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering literary and artistic endeavors in Second Life and other virtual worlds.

About Second Life

Second Life is a free online virtual world imagined and created by its residents.

Neither the Metaverse Shakespeare Company nor sLiterary is affiliated with Linden Lab. Second Life is a trademark of Linden Lab. No infringement is intended.


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):

SL Shakespeare SOS Fundraiser

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on November 22, 2008

SL Shakespeare SOS Fundraiser

Shakespeare, Second Life: Though hinted at on more than one occasion, Ina Centaur yesterday officially announced the SL Shakespeare Company’s SOS “Save Our Sims” Fundraising Campaign-its purpose, according to Centaur, is to meet “a modest though desperately needed sum to pay land tier fees to Linden Lab.” Through funding from microeconomics a la a grid-wide network of donation kiosks, the “SOS” campaign goal is to meet L$1.5 million by January 21, 2009, which at the current LindeX rate for selling would translate to about USD$5300, meeting six month’s tier for three of the island sims that host the SL Globe Theatre venue and similarly daring literary and artistic projects. Centaur plans to fund the fourth sim through her own endeavors, to keep the SL Globe Theatre four sims in size, as well as to continue existing endeavors on the sims in trying to make the enterprise self-sufficient.

At high noon on November 21st, Ina Centaur, Artistic Director of the SL Shakespeare Company, greeted a small crowd of fans and supporters at the SL Globe Theatre before launching a speech that revealed the funding state of the Company, as well as some unexpected humanitarian results of their endeavors. The Company’s performances have reached both those in rural areas and also low-income urban districts, introducing many to the culture of theatre and Shakespearean performances. Centaur summarized with the words, “Perhaps the greatest thing that has evolved from our endeavors is that it has become a truly humanitarian cause that we are fighting for-to bring theatre to the farthest reaches of the world, to give Shakespeare to those who would not have had the chance to experience his words in the live and intimate form they were written for, to use this nascent medium to bring the most quintessential culture to the metaverse and beyond.”

Various donation kiosks are available for those who wish to help the SL Shakespeare Company in their campaign. Supporters may drop by the SL Globe Theatre or the Campaign headquarters, directly to obtain copies of kiosks. The Campaign website contains up-to-the-second stats and other information, as well as links to the inworld Campaign headquarter to obtain kiosks http://campaign.SLshakespeare.com

Centaur explained that a 4-sim venue is a necessity for their shows, “To make sure all can attend, and to minimize the lag.” In addition, the sims listed on the main SOS banners-sLiterary, Shakespeare, and Primtings-also support several other notable literary and artistic projects. Centaur stated the best way to find out about each is to spend some time exploring the sims, or to visit their campaign website above for brief summaries.

Although many may consider Centaur’s activites to be merely great art, after mentioning a few examples of lives their endeavors have touched, she summarized their goal as of a greater significance, “Our goal is to create good within Second Life for the world to thrive from-because it is possible. We have been doing it, and we want to continue doing it, but we won’t be able to if we become homeless-we would have neither the energy or the base to go from.”

Centaur concluded the session with the haunting words, “You are our last hope. If you can’t help us, then I’m afraid to say we are truly lost.”