Shark! empowers the audience to make tough choices and join the performers as they grapple with issues thematically represented by a great white shark. This performance project explores themes of racial identity, gender identity and the secrets that lie deep below the surface. The audience can input suggestions, vote on choices, and become shark, mentor, or hero in this 60 minute interactive musical. Developed at Georgia State University as part of Theatre Engine, Shark uses a web based application that allows audience members to use their phone to vote, control lights, alter music, and be immersed in the performance. The goal of each performance is to transition the audience into performers.
Using the metaphor for what lies beneath and the polarizing effect of water, Sharkexplores the classic monomyth with the theme of the great white shark representing the challenges in our own lives. Safety, risk, danger, and defense are all explored at the waters edge in this performance where the audience has control.