Perhaps I should amend my earlier post about seeing too much video projection in scripts and plays these days.
My friend Laura sent me this article –
It basically says that people are more emotionally connected when they watch a broadcast of a show than a live performance. Do people really emotionally engage with characters when they are on screen rather than on stage?
I think this study is flawed, as it doesn’t seem like the same group of people saw both a broadcast of a show AND a live show. And there are so many unaccounted for variables, like how far people were from the stage, how do you measure emotional engagement, etc.
I’m starting to think/worry that our brain chemistry is changing from all this staring at screens. Are we starting to associate connection and closeness with looking at monitors?
Anyhow – I guess the article begs the question – what is the future of theater in a world where we digest and connect best in front of a screen?