"In 2005, a 28-year-old South Korean man died from heart failure after playing a computer game for 50 consecutive hours. Fascinated by the obsessive nature of many online gamers, UCLA alumnus Alexandar Castaneda was inspired to write the premise of a new musical.
Today, HOOLIGAN Theatre Company will give a debut performance of the musical 'irl (In Real Life),' at 8 p.m. in the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center Amphitheater.
'irl (In Real Life)' centers on August, an ex-gamer whose type A personality girlfriend, Molly, gets him back on his feet after he is evicted from his apartment. However, August soon relapses when he secretly attends a sci-fi gaming convention without his girlfriend’s knowledge. For the first time, August comes face-to-face with his closest online friends in person, including a former romance. In this encounter, August comes to the struggle of whether he and Molly share the same longing for a conventional lifestyle."
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