New Emily Perkins play ‘The Made’ considers the quandaries of advanced AI

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New Emily Perkins play ‘The Made’ considers the quandaries of advanced AI

A brand-new play by internationally acclaimed writer Emily Perkins is set to open at ASB Waterfront Theatre in September, offering a contemplation of what it means to live in a society where service robots are commonplace.

Commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company, The Made explores the ethical quandaries and issues that could be presented to humanity by advanced artificial intelligence.

The play follows a brilliant obsessive scientist, Alice (Alison Bruce) as she tries to create the perfect humanoid robot, complete with advanced emotional capabilities.

The process causes power struggles in all areas of her life – family, career, and ultimately with her creation; The Made.

Former ATC artistic director Colin McColl takes the helm as director, transporting audiences to a strangely familiar near future.

“After a few years in development, I’m really looking forward to bringing Emily Perkins’ clever new play to the stage,” McColl says.

“Although she’s best known as a novelist, Emily trained as an actor and has an innate sense of the theatrical. Alice’s Adventures into Robotland are fraught with challenges and hilarious outcomes. It’s funny, it’s timely, and God knows it’s only around the corner.”

The Made makes its worldwide debut at ASB Waterfront Theatre this September.

THE MADE by Emily Perkins

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

20 September – 8 October 2022

Tickets and info www.atc.co.nz 0800 ATC TIX

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