Computers in Love

Seven new plays about computers and the humans who serve them.

An evening of seven original short plays exploring the ways computers and humans interact in 21st-century America. The plays run the gamut from scary to funny to touching as they illustrate the ways we do (and don't) get along with our computers.

In Doug Reed's Sonata for Internet, an Internet romance is portrayed via a manic chorus of chat-room voices. Holly Walter Kerby contributes Attention, about a woman whose focus is severely torn between her boyfriend and the Sims. Carie Novitzke tells the tale of seven people who are trapped in a Chat Room and must find a way out. Rob Matsushita's offering is Tech, the untold story of the miserable people on the OTHER end of the computer support line. In Star Olderman's touching Home Page, a woman tries to make sense of her life by laying out her memories on her web page. Buck Hakes taps a creepy vein with Dream Lover, in which an out-of-work computer game programmer, dumped by his girlfriend, takes drastic steps to get a new one. And from Mercury co-founder Paul Wells, we present A Random Act of Love, in which a woman goes in search of her vanished online lover and makes a shocking discovery.

If you value your relationship with YOUR computer, you won't want to miss "COMPUTERS IN LOVE!"

Produced by Mercury Players in the Evjue Studio at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin

Performances: January 10-26, 2002

Thursdays 7:30 pm / Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm / Sundays 4:00 pm, Saturday, Jan. 26 only: 4:00 and 8:00 pm

Tickets: $12 Fri-Sun, $10 Thursdays

Reservations: 608-242-0150