Shoot the Moon Theater Company Explores Digital Voyeurism in Sixth Annual Halloween Spectacular
For its sixth annual Halloween spectacular, Shoot the Moon theater company will present a live web-streamed performance of “What Did I Just See?” on Friday and Saturday, October 30-31, and November 6-7 at 7:30 p.m.
“What Did I Just See?” is inspired by the unintended digital voyeurism that has become common due to increased reliance on videoconferencing platforms for business and social gatherings. The lead character thinks that they’ve seen something. Maybe they did, or maybe they didn’t?
STM company artistic director Joshua Moyse says the script updates themes previously explored in short stories such as H.G. Wells’s “Through A Window” and Cornell Woolrich’s “It Had to Be Murder,” which itself was the source for the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rear Window.”
“We are hoping to put the audience into the lead character’s head,” says Moyse, who recommends audience members use personal headphones when watching the performance. “It’s not a must, but I think it pushes the show to another level. We are trying to take advantage of the new opportunities that digital theater affords us.”
Company members taking part in this 45-minute performance include Elias Burgess, Josh Goldstein, Colin Grube, Jon Mack, and Jennifer Moyse.
Access to replay of performance can be found through www.shootthemoontheater.com. All tickets are by donation, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, the downtown Brattleboro theater which has served as home base for STM since its inception has been closed to audiences due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m delighted that Shoot the Moon, the company-in-residence of the Hooker-Dunham Theater, is devoting some proceeds of this of year’s online Halloween opus as a benefit to the theater,” says Jon Mack, a member of the company and manager of the Hooker-Dunham. “This is obviously a difficult time to keep our small theater afloat with expenses continuing and no income. The Hooker-Dunham thrives on audiences who seek quality innovative entertainment and Shoot the Moon’s latest project will be fascinating,”