Interactive Literature Club: Application and Questionnaire

Thank you for your interest in the MS54 Interactive Literature After-School Club! This page provides more detailed information about the club and what it involves--please read it carefully. If you'd like to apply after you finish reading, continue to the application below.

1. What is Interactive Literature Anyway?
Interactive Literature is a lot like an improvisational play. A set cast of pre-written characters, each with their own personality, goals, and motivations, meet to play out a dramatic scenario within a fictional setting. Once they are oriented to the world, the situation, and the characters, participants are free to interact with each other and the world while playing the part of their characters. There's no script to stick to, so almost anything can happen! To learn more, you can check out a Q&A here: http://www.paracelsus-games.com/theatrical-experiences-explanation
Note: If you played in Ms. Cohen's historical simulation for humanities, the simulation was an example of interactive literature.

2. What Interactive Literature will we be doing?
Over the weeks of the club, we will play through several interactive literature scenarios. In each one, you will play out a different story. Here is a sample of some scenarios we're considering:
-In a cyberpunk dystopia, the fight is on to save art and science--but if you can only save one, which would it be?
-Three Witches were casting a spell to determine the destiny of three heroes, but things didn't quite go off as planned. Now what?
-A wacky Clue-style murder mystery in the 1950s that never was, set in the mysterious mansion of eccentric physicist J. Robert Lucky

3. What am I committing to do?
We're glad you asked!
First, you're committing to ATTEND EVERY MEETING on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:15. Interactive Literature is like a play in that it really doesn't work unless everyone is there. If you know in advance that you won't be able to attend every meeting, there's a place to say that in the application below. We may be able to work around a small number of scheduling constraints if we know about them in advance.
Second, you're committing to READ CHARACTER MATERIALS on your own time before the meeting. Every other week, we will send you ~5-15 pages of materials to read. Some of this will be information about the world where the scenario is taking place. Some of this will be private information just about your character. If you show up without reading these materials, that's like performing in a play without ever having seen the script. Please only apply to be part of the Interactive Literature club if you are willing to do this reading.

4. One more thing YOU SHOULD KNOW: These works of interactive literature were written for adults. While there is no graphic sex or violence in them, they do in places engage adult themes, including war and poverty, disability and terminal illness, depression and suicide, and intense emotional relationships that include romance. You'll have an opportunity during the survey to ask to be steered away from particular areas of discomfort, but if you (or your parents) would be uncomfortable anywhere near them, this club may not be appropriate for you.

Feel free to email me (cohen@ms54.org) with any questions.

If you'd like to participate, continue to the next section and fill out the application! This is also a casting survey that will help us figure out what roles to give you. Please be honest--if you're playing roles you're comfortable with and enjoy, that will be better for everyone.

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