Apparently, Robert Lepage gave the thumbs up to this interactive digital one-man play created by Thaddeus Phillips with designer Steven Dufala. The latter worked worked with Geoff Sobelle on those two very distinctive hits, The Object Lesson and Home. The latter was a visual miracle. Every night an audience of 21 people can check into the mysterious Zoo Motel where they will experience strange events, and glimpse magic and illusion as a streamed play unfolds from a theatre cum film studio created in Phillips’ own home. The US press have called it weirdly enchanting and surreally beautiful. Both are sufficient to make me want to get my room key.
Theatre Nation is proud to present the internationally acclaimed Theatre director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips in the UK premiere of ZOO MOTEL. Mysterious & playful, and filled with Phillip’s hallmark theatricality, ZOO MOTEL is a live (yet remote) interactive & intimate theatrical / cinematic play broadcast live from a village in South America. This wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live virtual theatre and the magic of cinema combines a creative use of zoom and complex camera choreography to create a play that has the feel of live theatre yet within the framework of a movie. ZOO MOTEL opened in September in the USA and has quickly become a cult smash hit in the world of online remote performance. By booking a ticket for Zoo Motel, guests reserve one of only 21 ‘rooms’. Then a “ZOO MOTEL WELCOME PACK”, is emailed which includes a printable room key, motel stationary, a brochure and interactive set piece. Room guests should also bring, by any means necessary, a deck of cards.