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Dueling wizards in the age of Internet

Eliza Bent, left, and Dave Malloy
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August 21, 2013

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “Black Wizard/Blue Wizard,” starring Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy, on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m.

“Black Wizard/Blue Wizard” is a musical fantasia depicting an epic duel between two opposing wizard philosophies in a modern and mundane age. Ideals of truth, knowledge, scientific advancement, information consciousness, network connectivity and excellence battle against beauty, nature, simplicity, holistic systems, magical realism and intuition as the wizards rise on smoke-emitting platforms. As the two wizards joust amidst a digital backdrop, ancient ideals of spirituality and morality contrast against a culture that promotes the shallow, quick and callous. Ultimately “Black Wizard/Blue Wizard” subversively explores the effects of instant-access network technology and internet addiction on the soul.