It’s a multiple award-winning game, a soon-to-be movie, and now, it’s a stage play of sorts. The Last of Us is conquering all facets of geek culture, and Druckmann and his creative team at Naughty Dog show no signs of ever slowing down. Tonight, for one night only, the team will reunite to bring an entire audience to their feet. Or to tears. Probably both.
The Last of Us: One Night Live is hitting Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California and will highlight the stunning artistry behind the game. Not only will key members of the cast come together to act selected portions of the script, but the game’s Academy Awarding winning musical producer Gustavo Santaolalla will be performing selected pieces of the score.
Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes, and Annie Wersching are all confirmed to be in attendance. Sadly, no word on whether Nolan North will be present to reprise his role as the subtly creepy cannibal David.
Journalist and ever-famous Jeff Keighley will also be in attendance, as he’s one of the minds behind this experimental project.
“I love great video game stories,” writes Keighley. “Today, the narrative potential of our medium has never been greater. The best video games blend world-class acting, writing, music and gameplay to create art that rivals the best works in other entertainment mediums.
The live performance will be acted out for a small audience, with portions of the performance to be streamed worldwide on Twitch, Youtube, and the PlayStation Network’s Live Event Viewer. The event will take place at 7PM PT.
Wait, portions of the event? It’s free for all attending, so why the special privilege?
“Most of the event will be streamed,” Keighley explains. “But there is a part of it that is reserved just for the live audience that came out to the theater. You’ll find out why next week.”
Well, I have to admit I was better off just assuming we’d be viewing the entire thing. You mustn’t ever let me know that I’m missing out on anything The Last of Us related.
This play-but-not-a-play experiment is guaranteed to be an amazing time, and I hope gamers and non-gamers everywhere can watch it and feel that pure poignant sense of beauty once more.
Grab the tissues and tune in at 7PM — you won’t want to miss this.