Department of Theatre & Dance
Mainstage Theatre
First Person Shooter

What videogames really do...

Location: 
Louis B. Mayer Theatre
Seating Options: 
Reserved Seating
$5 - $15
Show Dates: 
Fri, 02/28/2014 - 8:00pm
Sat, 03/01/2014 - 8:00pm
Sun, 03/02/2014 - 2:00pm
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 8:00pm
Thu, 03/06/2014 - 8:00pm
Fri, 03/07/2014 - 8:00pm
Sat, 03/08/2014 - 8:00pm

First Person Shooter takes us inside ‘JetPack Games’, a start-up video game company, where the hottest, most violent game on the market has brought instant success to its twenty-something tech geniuses. Their celebration fizzles when their game is blamed for a school shooting. As the young CEO of Jet Pack deals with an impending lawsuit and the father of one of the victims, he must confront whether he has any responsibilities in the world beyond his computer screen.

The play draws on the national debate over the link between violent video games and school shootings, which first came to the forefront after Columbine. Aaron, who now develops video games at EA Sports, worked as a journalist covering the world of video games at the time of Littleton, Colorado shootings and "wanted to write a play about the people caught in the echo chamber of the debate. What must it be like for the people actually accused of making a game that turns kids into killers? What about the parents of the victims?"

Please be advised that First Person Shooter includes strong language and mature content and may not be suitable for all audiences.