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The On-Demand Run (ODR) Program lets audience members designate their own dates and times to see a live SL Shakespeare Company production -- as long as a QUORUM of 100 is met, the show will be set (and will be free as in beer - though you may pay as you will) on said date, at least 3 weeks in advance of when quorum is met; if a party would like to see a show with fewer than quorum, they may pay (or split to pay) an IMPENSA of L$100,000 to set the show.

Please post a thread to this ODR forum with the time, date, and choice of your play - then get all your friends to reply to it to meet quorum! (If you choose to pay the impensa, please state so somewhere on the thread.)

AVAILABLE PLAYS for inaugural ODR Season:
Any scene from Hamlet
Any scene from Twelfth Night, or Twelfth Night Act 1
Any scene from King Lear

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Timing and publicity are two very important parts of a live performance, and yet, sometimes we feel as if we’re impoverished in both aspects. We’re a resident-supported endeavor and we put in just so much love into every production (too much!), but it’s always such a pity that the timing and publicity doesn’t reach. For those lucky enough to see a SL Shakespeare main canon production (so far, only Hamlet or Twelfth Night), you know exactly what I mean when I say that we endeavor to create the most memorable of experiences — and yet, the show itself is as ephemeral as any live theatrical performance is, and though many see it, so few see it! Once it’s over, it lives only in people’s memories. Alas…

So, endeavoring to solve the problems of timing and publicity… Timing - it seems like us setting dates just doesn’t work, so we’ll let you do it. Publicity - it seems there’s a certain limit to our grassroots network, so in exchange for you helping spread the love of SL Shakespeare, we’ll perform exactly when you want it!

Sounds good? Then…

Behold… the details of this experiment (and, do please participate!):

The On-Demand Run (ODR) Program lets audience members designate their own dates and times to see a live SL Shakespeare Company production — as long as a QUORUM of 100 is met, the show will be set (and will be free as in beer - though you may pay as you will) on said date, at least 3 weeks in advance of when quorum is met; if a party would like to see a show with fewer than quorum, they may pay (or split to pay) an IMPENSA of L$100,000 to set the show.

Please post a thread to this ODR forum with the time, date, and choice of your play - then get all your friends to reply to it to meet quorum! (If you choose to pay the impensa, please state so somewhere on the thread.)

AVAILABLE PLAYS for inaugural ODR Season:
Any scene from Hamlet
Any scene from Twelfth Night, or Twelfth Night Act 1
Any scene from King Lear
Here are the Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) regarding our new On-Demand Run (ODR) program.

Q. How does the On-Demand Run program (ODR) work?
A. The On-Demand Run is a program that lets audience members demand the time for the show they’d like to see, while helping to spread the love of SL Shakespeare across the grid, and beyond. Audience members can choose a date and time, and the show will be guaranteed if either a quorum or impensa is met; in other words, to have a show “set in stone,” an audience member can sign up enough friends who will see a show, or pay a fee to help us make back the costs involved in putting on a production.

Q. Is this free, or is it in the same “Pay As You Will” spirit of SLSC shows?
A. Yes, providing that you can reach Quorum. Otherwise, you would still get your show on the date you want it if you pay a nominal fee, as specified above.

Q. Can I request a show at my own venue?
A. This program only addresses shows at the SL Globe Theatre, Blackfriars Theatre, and the Shakespeare and Primtings island sims. For shows at other venues, please see http://offsite.SLshakespeare.com

Q. What if I would like a private show at the SL Globe Theatre?
A. You can specify your Quorum or Impensa session (see above) to be private or public, per your will. If it is private, only the avatars on your list will be allowed entrance to the event.

Q. Which plays will you put on?
A. We are planning to start with your choice of (any) single-scene production of Hamlet, Twelfth Night, or King Lear; or entire-act performances of Twelfth Night. We may also do encore performances. ;-)

Q. Can the SL Globe Theatre accommodate at least 100 avatars?
A. Yes. The SL Globe Theatre is located in the confluence of 4 private island sims. Each private island supports up to 100 avatars. The SL Globe Theatre can accommodate up to 400 avatars.

Q. How would performance be affected by a large audience load?
A. Linden Lab asserts that recent updates in server architecture should make live performances with large audience counts on this level more efficient than in the past.

Q. This is a lot of work to gather all those avatars; will I get my effort’s worth?
A. You and your guests will get to experience the SL Shakespeare Company magic for no cost, if you meet Quorum. Plus, your guests will all receive limited edition ODR goody packs! So, what’s not to love about rounding people up to share the love of Shakespeare in live performance on SL?

Q. Will you be performing shows in a regular season?
A. In the past, so many people miss our shows due to timing problems — and, for the few who have seen shows from our main Shakespearean canon, you’ll know that once you miss it, it’s gone. To try avoiding this problem, we would really like our favorite fans to set their own dates using the ODR system.

Q. Do you plan to perform the rest of Twelfth Night?
A. We hope to! As long as we can get enough of an audience… The play doesn’t seem to draw as much as a solid tragedy like Hamlet. Help us put on Twelfth Night by rounding up a crowd for your own ODR session!

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