For lack of a better word. If there is a better word, someone please educate me!
What I mean here is a theatre experience that encompasses and includes the audience in the proceedings. A "fourth-wall" breaker.
Examples: A Company of Wayward Saints, murder mystery dinners, The Victorian Hotel [http://www.rogueartists.org/projects/victorianhotel.php], Director's Cut, etc.
"Meta" as in "transcending."
I'm thinking "metatheatre" like "metafiction" and "metaverse." An all-emcompassing experience.
So that's the term, and what it means to me.
It's a fascinating form to be a part of, let me tell you! It's immersive for the audience, and a challenge for the performer. It requires an ability to improvise, yet keep things moving in the direction of a predetermined narrative.
So how the hell do you write for it? I know how my friend Pete [www.thepete.com] wrote for it with Director's Cut. And I've read A Company of Wayward Saints a few times. both of those examples are pretty linear ... how do you write for a show that has three or four scenes going on simultaneously in different spaces?
Hrm. Not much theatre/playwriting theory in this blog entry.