"Animal Magnetism: A Live Cartoon in Animal Drag"
written by Terry O'Reilly
directed by Lee Breuer
music composed by Eve Beglarian
production design by Manuel Lutgenhorst
animation/programming by judsoN
starring: Clove Galilee, Sean Runnette
reeds: Bohdan Hilash
violin: Robin Lorentz
Animal Magnetism was a play performed by legendary avant garde theater group Mabou Mines at Saint Ann's in New York, under circus tents in the Czech Republic and Poland, and now in China. The story sets out to blur distinctions between what we assume to be 'real' and what we assume to be imaginary.
For this play, I created a cartoon that would interact with the events on stage. Actually, I sat next to the soundboard, where I could see the stage (and monitor the personal mics when actors were not easily visible) and pressed buttons to trigger various actions on the screen.
The animation on my laptop screen was then projected back onto the stage with the actors. This setup is now fairly routine for laptop performers, but was highly unusual at the time. The point being that the audience was not expecting it, could not easily see how this was done, blurring the distinction between the cartoon and reality all the more.