Our Magic and Our Passing – Goodbye from the SL Shakespeare Company, Primtings, and sLiterary

We begin this letter with our thanks for those patrons who could no longer be with us. The resounding spirit has always been that the 4-sim SL Globe Theatre would fight to be around — and, there are many who donated and have passed away, hoping that they might survive through their contributions to SL Shakespeare or Primtings.

Since our time of passing is due to be in the same month as that of a major RL luminary, our Artistic Director Ina Centaur, has an anecdote to share:

“Once upon a time, after one of those fundraising rounds, the avatar of someone rich and famous in RL contacted me. The patron criticized me for paying too much for SL and attempting to do everything myself, but helped donate enough (through several alt’s) to help save the Shakespeare and Primtings sims.

“In early 2009, I received a mysterious package by mail in RL — an iPhone 3G. It was rather anonymized, but I thanked the patron by IM — and, he told me that that was what I should be putting my time into. He also said that he created iTunes so that independent creators could share their creations and even turn it into a viable business — something that could exist without being dependent on donations.

“Was it really Steve Jobs? I kept to our policy of respecting the privacy of our patrons, so I did not inquire further. Instead, I wanted to discover this from the other side — to be able to meet him in RL, of my own accord, for having done something great on iOS. I didn’t get to do that yet, but I knew two weeks ago, when he passed away, that this SL dream was over… But, it was beautiful while it lasted.”

There’s always the mystery and the hope that what we do here would reach out and change the lives of our audience – whomever they are, whether rich and famous or a moviestar or just yourself.

For a while, we held onto the odd notion that the creations in Second Life might get to live on beyond its usual time. It’s a childlike wish best summarized by the parable from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web – it’s hope that Wilbur the Pig might survive, as the world sees its wonder and magic via the brilliance of one small spider’s web.

But, all things come to an end, and it’s only in fairy tales that one small spider like Charlotte could manage to convey her message and save Wilbur before her death. In Second Life, our ventures have survived many passings – from patrons to founders to prospective actors. But, we simply do not have the significant reach to be saved.

The Shakespeare Primtings sLiterary and Skin City sims will go down on Oct 29 or thereabouts. The process in which sims are deactivated is not usually punctual – we aren’t sure exactly when the executioners would finally pull the plug, but when they do, it will be the end of our Second Life.

We thank you for having witnessed the short duration of this virtual miracle. Adieu.

RIP.
sLiterary, 2007-2011
Primtings, 2008-2011
The 4-Sim SL Globe Theatre and the SL Shakespeare Company – 2008 to 2011

And, if you wish, here’s the other notecard with details about what happened and why Ina Centaur chose to quit: (EOL SL Shakespeare and the Reasons to Leave SL)

28
May

A Last Message from Ina Centaur in Second Life

   Posted by: Ina Centaur   in Admin

Dear mShakespeare and Primtings Patrons,

The Globe has been silent the year so far, as we figure out what to do on the new tier costs — if anything we can do. Primtings valiantly raised the needed amount to maintain its tier in time, but the 4-sim arts mecca infrastructure of sLiterary is in danger.

It seems there’s a limit to the funds an organization can raise in Second Life for a purely inworld cause. Pooling all efforts together, we were only able to fundraise the costs of two full sims — focusing the fundraising effort on Primtings, with member shareholder support on Shakespeare. Inevitably, the 4-Sim SL Globe Theatre will be losing two sims, and Second Life would be losing a rare historical theatre for live performance with large audience capacity. The timeline for deletion is uncertain, and it might happen any day now. But…

Myself and several others have made appeals to Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble on saving my account and these two sims, and thereby the 4-Sim SL Globe Theatre. It’s not yet clear what his decision is or how divine intervention might come to play. Perhaps, there’s still hope…

Currently, my account is locked out of Second Life. We are $3,245 behind in unpaid tier fees, and as many of you have already donated to save Primtings and Shakespeare, it is unlikely to raise the additional amount for the other two sims. I am unable to send this message to you directly from my avatar because of this. There is a chance that my avatar and virtual possessions might be deleted completely on June 3 or thereabouts. Shakespeare and Primtings tier have been paid 6 months in advance starting from February 23, but as my account would be unable to renew come next turn, that would be the end of everything.

Like Cirque du Soleil, in that other life, we started as homeless nomadic street performers — from absolutely nothing that somehow managed to accumulate land and a following and a brand, all without any external funding. It was a good run, but if only Second Life could be as limitless and far-reaching as real life. We’ve done all that we can in Second Life. It’s an end to an era that you’d be witnessing. The uncertainty lies in how it will turn out.

In the event that this is my last message to you, then it’s all up to you — the theatre and the spirit of creation lives through you — the precious few we’ve touched through circumstances unlikely in Real Life.

Thank you for sharing a dream that should otherwise never have lasted.

Best,
Ina Centaur

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12
Dec

mShakespeare Twelfth Night, Act 3 Programme

   Posted by: Ina Centaur   in !Twelfth Night, Act 3, SL

And, it’s finally out – the Metaverse Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night, Act 3 programme booklet! Shows 1 PM on Sundays and 6 PM on Tuesdays. (PST) Just 3 shows left in December, after today’s!

6
Dec

PR: mShakespeare Twelfth Night, Act 3 – Preview Season

   Posted by: Lora Constantine   in !Twelfth Night, Act 3, PR

mSC WP1 Twelfth Night Act 3 - In Motion Continuing with the third installment of an epic 2009-2011 opus, the Metaverse Shakespeare Company on Tuesday will open Act 3 of an unabridged full-ensemble performance of Twelfth Night in a short-run Winter Preview Season to occur at the SL Globe Theatre on Tuesdays at 6 PM SLT and Sundays at 1 PM SLT between December 7 and December 21.

See a Malefaced Malvolio, live mocap swordfight animations, a set that attempts to convey the unity in the epicly-long Act 3, Scene 4 and more! — details at the full press release here.

21
Nov

Ads in our Act 3 Programme!

   Posted by: Ina Centaur   in Act 3, Admin

Extremely affordable ads in a programme booklet for keeps forever! Distribution to a jolly live audience of theatre patrons via a nifty inworld booklet, as well as on the web on mShakespeare.com, issuu.com, and more! Help support mShakespeare productions! We are now taking ads for mShakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Act 3 Winter Preview Season edition programme!

Details @ http://advertise.mShakespeare.com – where you can also see most of our programme booklets from the past few productions or check out some of my fave volumes below:

OEP1: Twelfth Night, Act 1 – 2009 Open Ended Run (pdf 5 MB) or Issuu

MP1: Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 Extended (pdf 5 MB) or Issuu

mSC WP1 Twelfth Night Act 3 - In Motion

The real date you’ve all been waiting for — We will be opening Twelfth Night, Act 3 on Tuesday December 7 at 6 PM – for a total of five shows this Winter Preview Season, every Tuesdays @ 6 PM and Sundays @ 1 PM after opening.

Playbill enclosed!

Those who purchased tickets for November will be able to use them for in December, and in our upcoming productions of Acts 4/5 in 2011!

Yet more –

Stay tuned for an extra this season — mShakespeare MoCap Theatre and Shakespeare on Ice!

Malvolio Yellow Stockings Cross-Gartered Ah, funding, politics, intrigue, and RL….

It’s the first in our four years on SL, but it looks like we will have to delay the opening of our show yet again. Stay tuned as we announce details.

Booty for our booby. Meanwhile, Here’s a a pair of Malvolio’s Cross-Gartered Yellow Stockings for everyone. Join the Metaverse Shakespeare Company group on SL to grab your copy!

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24
Oct

Contributions 2010 Benefits Campaign

   Posted by: Ina Centaur   in Admin, Fundraisers

 mShakespeare Productions - Possible through viewers like you!  Contribute today...

The new mShakespeare Campaign Benefits Campaign has launched! Our new benefits campaign includes performance package perks, highly-coveted parcel ownership privileges on the exclusive Shakespeare island sim, and more. Help support the mSC! Please peruse the enclosed Contributions 2010 Benefits iCampaign booklet, or check out a web version @ http://benefits.mShakespeare.com for details. See http://campaign.mShakespeare.com for instant campaign stats from this and other mShakespeare Campaigns!




Donate directly per your Benefits level at the Benefits Kiosk at sLiterary (23,13,23) or visit the SL Globe Theatre, sLiterary Entrance

mShakespeare Theatres - Where virtual theatre magic goes live!

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9
Oct

Winter Season opens Nov 9, 2010 – stay tuned!

   Posted by: Ina Centaur   in Act 3, Posters, Scheduling, SL

The mShakespeare Winter Season opens November 9, 2010. We’ve got Twelfth Night, Act 3 slated — and maybe a bit more. Stay tuned!

mShakespeare Winter Season - Twelfth Night - Opens Nov 9

mShakespeare Winter Season opens exactly 1 month from today on Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010!

In addition to 10 live performances of Twelfth Night, Act 3 (5 in November, 5 in December), we also hope to have separate “mini-shows” with swordfight’s and other acrobatics.

Mark your calendars for Sundays @ 1 PM and Tuesdays @ 6 PM. Stay tuned! Nov 9, 2010.

http://blog.mShakespeare.com

12
Sep

mShakespeare 2010 Winter Campaign Pre-Kickoff

   Posted by: Ina Centaur   in Admin, Fundraisers

September 12, 2010

Dear mShakespeare Patrons,

mShakespeare is starting its Winter Season in about 6 weeks! This season, we hope to finally present the long-awaited finale of Twelfth Night – unabridged – in our usual legendary extravagance – and with more!

OEP1 Twelfth Night Act 1 LAST SHOW OEP1 Twelfth Night Main - Triumvirate OEP2 Twelfth Night Malvolio A2S5

(Main playbills of previous acts shown above. Acts 3, 4 and 5, to come!)

Great theatre – especially on SL – is a costly thing: Aside from our elaborate wardrobe, props and sets, and everything else, we have to raise funds for tier for our home venue, the virtual Shakespearean thespian idealist’s dream of a 4-sim SL Globe Theatre. We’ve partnered with sLiterary, a nonprofit dedicated to the arts in virtual worlds, and Primtings Museum, a sim-sized art gallery of 3D paintings, to fund 2 of our 4 sims. Our artistic director has donated the fourth sim (mea culpa?). Minimally, we still have to raise tier for that peculiar sim called Shakespeare – you know, the one with the epic stage of the SL Globe Theatre, and also the world’s only full reconstruction of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Theatre – as well as virtual reconstructions of other buildings relating to Shakespeare’s legacy. We pay our tier in 6-month intervals… And, it’s high time to get working on the fundraising!

As a pre-kickoff to our 2010 Winter Campaign, we have a pretty thing to offer as a fashionable head dress of sorts for your avatar. Ina Infinity of iC Hair has created a 100% Donation hair inspired by a certain Shakespearean character. Catch it at [iC] Hair’s Hair Fair booth before Hair Fair ends this coming Friday. Ad pic and LM below:

ic hair ina centaur out of time ad

LM to iC Hair @ Hair Fair 2

Sincerely,
Ina Centaur
Artistic Director, mShakespeare

P.S. Be the first three to name the Shakespearean character impersonation the hair embodies, and iC Hair will name one of its future styles after you (or a word or phrase of your choice).

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