Monday, June 11, 2001

In 1998 I was a participant of a role-play game for a week, living in a tent and wearing costumes I had made myself, eating food made over an open fire and praising myself lucky that I was allowed to use a modern sleeping-bag.

At that time, Espen asked if I thought he could come to watch. I told him that there wouldn't be much to watch for outsiders, and that they didn't really permit any passive audience. Today I finally was able to write down why, how role-play games are different from traditional performances - and why I still think they are performances where there is an audience, even if they are not "twice-lived behavior" as Richard Schechner calls it.

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