I was the Last Man On Earth;
surrounded by women.
It's not as sexy as it sounds.
I played a Nordic event called Mad About the Boy. It's like interactive improv theater in a fully immersive environment similar to Sleep No More.
A global disaster kills half of humanity; all men are gone.
The surviving women face rebuilding society. Our story follows a group of women who have applied to an insemination program initiated three years after the disaster. As sperm has become a limited resource, only a few women will be given this privilege.
Then things go very wrong.
Several organizers and directors flew in from Norway and Sweden to facilitate the event with Lizzie Stark who organized everything with my friend Ajit and a few others.
The Nordic style focuses on participants portraying flawed human characters open to tragedy and suffering as well as happiness, living in a reality similar to our own, save for the absence of men. This is an event where you very much play to lose.
This isn't a game.
You can't win.
But you will feel.
The game was about:
- power (formalized and forced authority)
- women's past relationships to men
- bigotry towards religious people
- who is in charge when those in charge are removed (not men)
- women oppressing other women
- women working with women
At some point I was nearly naked, covered in blood, surrounded by 30 women, freezing, and alone.
This was incredibly hard.
And that's why I did it