Ferry Play: An App Play
Ride New York City's Staten Island Ferry with nothing more than a set of headphones and this app to experience the site-specific, full sensory experience of a podplay for the Staten Island Ferry. As the ferry sets sail, put your earbuds in place and listen to the recorded production in which every surrounding sight, smell and sound plays a supporting role in the experience. Ghosts from the ferry's past mingle with voices from its present, leaving you to consider you role in the live performance event that is the Big Apple.
Ferry Play is a self-scheduled performance: you can ride the ferry late at night, early in the morning, or any time in between - you choose the day and time, which then affects the experience you have. Act 1 takes place on the ride from Manhattan to Staten Island; Act 2 takes place on the ride from Staten Island to Manhattan. Podplays are an emerging genre of theatre that take advantage of mobile technology to create site-specific audio-based theatrical experiences.
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Ratings and Reviews
I found this experience quite grounding and comforting, especially in the narration portion of Act 2. I felt like I knew more than everyone on the ferry; not in a conceited sense but in a more noble way. While the acting in Act 1 felt somewhat pushed and could have been softened at times, Paul provided a pleasant reminder in Act 2 to absorb the beauty and history that surrounds us instead of sinking into our own hectic schedules throughout our time in New York City.
Meh - not great
Did not transport me as I hoped. Script was poor and did not contain wonderment. Felt like the playwright had attempted moments of awe which would have been great if the script and acting delivered. But I don’t feel they succeeded. The dialogue was tedious and bombastic.
I think you’re better off acting on the impulses it seems the creators, and most tourists, are interested in (people watching, taking a moment to reflect on the history of NY harbor, and the visceral experience of being on a boat) rather than experiencing it along the characters playing through your headphones.
One positive thing I will say is has the potential to lead you to various area of the ship but nothing you could’t find yourself by walking around.
Love, love, love this interesting, clever portrayal of moments in the lives of people aboard the Staten Island Ferry. The writing captures the essence of realistic characters whom all of us know or have met, and the acting is superb ("tired child" and "whiney child" - perfection!). Sound effects enhance the sense that one is really on the ferry overhearing native New Yorkers and tourists. Indeed, as I listened to this podcast from my couch at home, I felt transported. Excellent piece in every way. Highly, highly recommend.
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- Joshua Parmenter
- 162.1 MB
- Requires iOS 12.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.4 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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- © 2015 by THIS IS NOT A THEATER COMPANY.
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.