Considering the up close and personal nature of its presentation, it probably comes as no surprise that Delusion Interactive Theatre will not be happening during this Covid-plagued Halloween season. However, there are a few developments of interest to fans. First, the filmed adaptation of the 2014 production Delusion Lies Within – is now available on Vimeo (see the trailer above). The video was previously a virtual reality presentation (reviewed here); now people without VR headsets can watch it, too.
Second, Delusion mastermind Jon Braver has expressed some hopes and plans for the future in a blog post on the official website. In a nutshell, the plan had been to bring Delusion back this year by returning to “our horror roots and bring about another one-of-a-kind production.” However, the pandemic intervened, forcing a hiatus until 2021. Though short on specifics, Braver’s evident enthusiasm indicates he has re-energized his batteries after the disappointment of last year, when the spring edition of Delusion: The Blue Blade closed early due to poor ticket sales, and the Halloween show was reduced to a truncated “chapter” from the Blue Blade saga, Alt Delete:
So what is my/Delusion’s purpose? Just like there’s a place for seriousness, there’s a place for play. There must be balance. And when I say play I mean it in the holistic sense. Play is imagination and wonder. Play inspires. Play is crawling through a Mayan cave or hiding under a bed from a monster. Engage more with other humans in a playful way and we will all be better for it. This is Delusion’s place in the world. And when the world opens up, when the clamoring for in-person experiences such as Delusion becomes deafening (I can hear it now), we’ll make good on the mission once again.
It’s terribly disappointing that the novel Coronavirus prevents a full-length Delusion show this year. We eagerly await its return in 2021.