German Production of Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest Staged Live on Facebook

News   German Production of Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest Staged Live on Facebook
Effi Briest, the stage adaptation of Theodor Fontane's 1894 serial novel of the same name, made its world premiere Jan. 9 on Maxim Gorki Theater's "online Facebook stage," according to a report on Reuters.

Fontane's work was adapted for the German theatre company and performed as the first live staging of a play on the social networking site. The play used status updates, photo uploads and wall postings from characters throughout the performance.

"We had a large group of people watching and they joined in as we thought they would. They were really attentive but also well-behaved and were quiet when we asked them to be," a spokeswoman for the theatre told Reuters.

Audience members were allowed "admittance to the stage" prior to the 8 PM digital curtain and were able to participate via the social medium. Any ill-timed posts were met with replies stating, "Silence in the theatre, please."

The Facebook premiere was arranged to precede a traditionally staged production, which will begin performances Jan. 14 at the Maxim Gorki Theater. The play follows Effi Briest, who, at 17-years-old, marries Baron von Innstetten, an older man who, years ago, courted her mother.

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