For One Night Only, The Last of Us Is Becoming A Stage Show
To commemorate the launch of The Last of Us Remastered, Naughty Dog today made a rather exciting announcement. Their critically acclaimed title is going to be jumpiong off the screen and exploring an entirely new medium: the theater. Wait, what?
According to a post on the official PlayStation Blog, the developer plans to host a live theatrical performance called The Last of Us: One Night Live. The performance - which, as you've probably already guessed, will be available for one night only - will feature a live theatrtical reading of several selected scenes from the game. Voice actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and Annie Wersching will all be present to lend their voices to the production.Writer and creative director Neil Druckmann will be present to oversee things.
The show will take place at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica Next Monday; July 28, 2014 at 7 PM. The performance will be intercut with video from motion capture that was filmed during the development of The Last of Us, and the game's composer GustavoSantaolalla will be performing a number of selections from his score. There's no word yet on whether or not it'll be a musical - though it would certainly be rather amusing (and a little jarring) if it was.
Those who cannot attend the performance can see "select portions of the program" streamed on Twitch.tv, YouTube, and the PlayStation Network's Live Event Viewer. I've included a YouTube video of the announcement below for those of you who want to find out a little more.
This isn't the first time we've seen gaming translated to the stage - as gaming finds its legs as an independent mode of entertainment, it's naturally going to jump to other mediums - and the results, at least in this case, are usually pretty awesome. As you may recall, earlier this month, I covered Karmaflow, combination game/rock opera that's slated to release later in the year. The Last of Us: One Night Live might not be quite on par with that performance, but it'll still be something to see. Check it out if you happen to be in the area.