The Proust Virus

A Selection of Songs from the show:

   The Show:

The Proust Virus is a show about video game characters who come to life inside a young woman's computer.  It explores the idea of “what is life?” in the age of advancing computer intelligence, referencing Marcel Proust’s ideas of consciousness and identity.  

    Tina, the daughter of a French literary professor, is playing her favorite combat video game when the game begins acting strangely.  Tina’s friend hits a wrong key, causing a file containing Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” to be uploaded into the game.  The girls leave in frustration, but Tina soon discovers that the video game characters have come to life, and one of them has fallen in love--with her!

     We meet Blue and Sultana from “Quest.”   With a few other newly alive characters, they set about building a world based on their memories of Proust.  However, Agent Smith from the  NSA has gotten word of the Proust Virus--and is making plans to destroy it.

    Act II takes place inside the computer.  Under Blue’s guidance, the characters have come up with a Proustian “gameworld”--but life is not that simple.  Blue becomes pathologically jealous of Tina, a Russian janitor thinks he has become God and a ravenous paradactylkeet roams the land.  As the game characters question the meaning of life and love in their new world, Agent Smith attacks in a video game climax.

   The Proust Virus will eventually be performed in front of a video that would represent the game worlds and real world settings that characters are in.  The music is scored for 9 actors plus a 6-piece band of violin, trumpet, sax, piano, bass and drums.