SF Playhouse combines theater with social media 

Bill English, the artistic director of SF Playhouse, is presenting its “SF Playhouse Pluggers” night July 13. Several Bay Area social-media fans are invited to the performance, at which they can tweet, text and Facebook throughout the evening.

What is “SF Playhouse Pluggers”? It is an innovative, revolutionary, somewhat controversial program in which we allow avid social networkers to come to the theater and engage in social media while watching the performance.

Why did the SF Playhouse create the program? We want to continue the innovative trend we created with the Playhouse in order to make theater more fun. Theater is traditionally a quiet place, and as a result it suffers from an over-reverential attitude.

How does social media play a part in your reimagined version of “The Fantasticks”? Our version imagines this play in the future. Plays are all about communication and perceiving other points of view. I think social media can help continue theater’s transparency by providing another way for us to understand the motives, thoughts and feelings of others.

What do you hope will come out of the Pluggers program? I want people to be able to “plug” into every show, make it a weekly thing.

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