NY_Hearts blends love stories with a multimedia storytelling iPhone app, and the sights and sounds of New York City neighborhoods. Characters recall how they met and fell in love, leading listeners, like voyeurs, to sexy moments and special spots and receiving gifts from local small businesses along the way. The first part of three tent pole stories, NY_Hearts neighborhood tales will spur an online web series that ultimately focuses on a central character that features in a live, immersive theater event. Over the span of 20 months and multiple media platforms, the project explores themes of love, art, determinism and addiction. Join creator James Carter for a conversation about the project, and meet participants who have taken NY_Hearts journey. Focusing on the current neighborhood, Park Slope, Brooklyn, hear about their experiences, ask questions, and learn what it takes to create this layered theatrical project. Guests include James Carter, Cast of NY_Hearts: LES.
James Carter is a dramatist, transmedia artist and producer. He was a founding member of terraNOVA Collective and served as its associate artistic director for eight years. He discovered transmedia storytelling when he created FEEDER: A Love Story (HERE, NYC), a transmedia play spanning blogs, video and stage. In July 2012, James launched his newest transmedia venture, NY_Hearts: LES, a love story that takes participants on a journey through New York’s neighborhoods. James’ other plays include: Reaching Outpost (Kaneland High School, Elburn, IL) and Baby Steps (The Lion, Theatre Row).
He was the Season Producer for The Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 2007/2008 season, including Lucy (William Carden, dir.), On The Way To Timbuktu (written & performed by Petronia Paley, Talvin Wilks, dir.), Thicker Than Water 2008 (Youngblood), Marathon 2008 (playwrights – Auburn, LaBute, Mac, Rivera), and Close Ties (Pamela Berlin, dir.).