Audition for a choose-your-own-adventure Zoom play

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On September 17, 2020

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“Stepping into a Phantom Punch” is a two-volume choose-your-own-adventure Zoom play the arts, languages and philosophy department’s theater section will present in October. Actors and technicians are needed for the show.

About the show

Volume 1 will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17. Volume 2 will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 24. Each scene will last five to eight minutes, and the audience will choose who to follow from one scene to the next. Some parts feature seven to 10 scenes, some parts feature only one or two scenes, and everything in between.

Synopsis: When Tim Sullivan’s little brother goes missing, a very dark side of video gaming is exposed as Tim tries to figure out the mystery behind the disappearance. Luce’s about to flunk out of school and is desperate to find a way to pass her classes. David wants everyone to embrace the chaos of living. And Alex is tired of being ignored. While everyone’s emotions reach a fever pitch during a pandemic, the dark parts of this world keep turning.

Content Warning: This play will contain adult situations, language and references to predatory behavior toward minors inside video game culture.

Audition details

Auditions are open to students, community and alumni. Note that some parts can be filmed in advance and not performed live and some parts just call for voiceover work. Don’t let internet or technology accessibility worries stop you from taking part if you’d like to be involved.

Auditions consist of Zoom appointments this week, through Friday, Sept. 18. No monologues are required. You’ll be asked to share a story of your choice, preferably two to four minutes long. To make an audition appointment, email the director at

This is a heavy Zoom play with several meeting links live at the same time and multiple scenes happening at once. We will need Zoom Managers to aid in the success of this two-week performance. Some light film editing will be needed as well. We are looking to have a scene or two performed live from the black box, so some lighting design and video work will also be needed.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

For more information, please contact Taylor Gruenloh, assistant teaching professor of arts, languages and philosophy, at

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