In the tradition of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Mark Gindick looks for love in the age of social media in the one-clown show Wing-Man, a play with audience interaction technology developed in conjunction with Georgia Tech students. As a modern-day Everyman, Gindick wordlessly battles a series of 21st century obstacles in his search for romance. The show will be performed January 20-23 at the Dull Theatre (DramaTech stage) in the Ferst Center for the Arts.
Mark Gindick has worked as an Arts@Tech artist-in-residence at Georgia Tech for the last six months, collaborating with undergraduate students in the Ivan Allen College School of Literature, Media, and Communication. The special topics course, Social Media and Performance (LMC 2813) taught by Melissa Foulger, focuses on performance and technology. By combining research in technology with an understanding of the needs of the performance, students helped Gindick create the interactive elements of this hilarious show.
The “second screen experience” they developed allows the audience to participate throughout the show, starting with creating their own avatar and selecting the pre-show music. Through their research the students decided that audience interaction with a 24-foot screen on stage would be accomplished best through a website that can then be managed by Gindick in the future.
Gindick is the winner of three New York Downtown Clown Golden Nose Awards, and the Best One Man Show Award at the 2011 United Solo Theatre Festival. His Georgia Tech residency has included a workshop with the debate team at Grady High School; a guest appearance at Georgia Tech’s annual Diversity Roundtable; and an upcoming appearance during half-time at the Georgia Tech-Louisville basketball game on January 23. On Monday, January 25, Gindick will speak at the C4 TechsmARTs forum on technology in the performance. The meet-up focuses on how artists and arts administrators can use technology as a tool to help build their careers.
Presenting Partner for this performance: DramaTech
Mark Gindick: Wing-Man
January 20-23, 2016
Dull Theatre at the Ferst Center for the Arts
349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta Ga 30332-0468
Tickets and information:
Ferst Center Box Office 404-894-9600
Ticket discounts available for Georgia Tech students, staff, and faculty