While the topic of videogame addiction has spawned books, studies, round-table discussions and even treatment centers, up until now, it’s never been the subject of a school play.
Students from the School of Performing Arts at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School in East Brunswick, New Jersey are preparing to unveil just such a production. Entitled Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, or N3RD for short, the play centers around a group of kids who become addicted to a fictional horror videogame (Neighborhood 3).
The Sentinel reports that the play, written by Jennifer Haley, “explores video game addiction and the importance of teenparent communication by revealing the thin line between reality and virtual reality, and dramatizing the consequences of games gone too far.”
Each performance will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Tom Massarelli, a school district psychologist. This Saturdays performance will also offer a debate, presumably on the subject of videogame addiction, between Massarelli and Dr. David Rothenberg, a professor from New Jersey Science & Technology University ( NJIT).
The play runs April 15-17 and is not recommended for children under 14 years of age.