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Coffee: A Misunderstanding

D. Squinkifer

Project Type
  • interactive theatre
  • awkward
  • queer
  • trans
  • the internet

Jun 2014

Coffee: A Misunderstanding is a queer and socially awkward interactive play about the weirdness of online friendships that aren’t really friendships, set in the midst of a fan convention called AwesomeCon. Two audience volunteers are called up and asked to read from a mobile device, which dynamically displays dialogue lines and stage directions. Meanwhile, two additional audience volunteers are given a mobile device on which they can select from a menu of choices that appear at key decision points in the story. It’s a combination of multiplayer Choose Your Own Adventure and improv theatre, resulting in a play experience that’s every bit as awkward as the story it’s trying to tell.

Coffee was one of Squinky's MFA thesis projects. It was also a finalist at IndieCade 2014, and has been performed in venues ranging from fancy academic conferences to an anarchist bookstore in Santa Cruz.