World of Wires adapted and directed by Jay Scheib after the film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder based on the novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye.
Reeling from the reality of people living their lives inside of machines, World of Wires is Jay Scheib’s new adaptation of Welt am Draht, filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 science-fiction television series. The play is an all-bets-are-off homage to the startling possibility that you too might be ones and zeroes in someone else's immaculately programmed world. World of Wires is also inspired by the works of Oxford University Professor Nick Bostrom, including his compelling paper, "Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?"
The team of World of Wires includes director/adapter Jay Scheib, performers Sarita Choudhury, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Rosalie Lowe, Jon Morris, Ayesha Ngaujah, Laine Rettmer and Tanya Selvaratnam; scenic design by Sara Brown, costumes by Alba Clemente, sound design by Anouschka Trocker, lighting and video by Jay Scheib and Josh Higgason, and stage managed by Susan Wilson. Kasper Sejersen and Laine Rettmer are the Assistant Directors, and Tanya Selvaratnam is the Producer.
On Thursday, January 12, Anne Bogart moderates a special Q&A with Jay Scheib following the performance.
The Kitchen's presentation of World of Wires is made possible with support from The Greenwall Foundation and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Additional support provided by the Guggenheim Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Theater Commissioning Program, The Greenwall Foundation, Südtiroler Künstlerförderung, and MIT Council for the Arts. World of Wires has been developed in residencies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, TEATRO LATEA, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island.