#1132: Using Group Discussions & Voting on Moral Dilemmas to Tell Buddhist Stories in “Mandala”

Mandala: A Brief Moment in Time is an immersive theater experience for 3-6 people that uses group discussions to tell different stories from Buddhism around the themes of suffering, happiness, hungry ghosts, & living the good life. There’s a moral dilemma at the end of the experience that requires half of the participants to come to some level of consensus, and there’s a number of different endings based up what the group decides. I had a chance to talk with director Thomas Villepoux about the process of cultivating the social dynamics of this piece as well as collaborating with Beijing-based Sandman Studios on their Vast social VR platform.

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