AOL User 927 Gets Staged Reading In New York

Back in Aug ’06, a researcher ended up releasing 500,000+ AOL user search histories online and all sort of heck broke loose. One of the pieces of fallout was the search queries of User 927, who displayed a fondness for mold, mange, orchids, beauty and the beast disney porn and testicle festivals. The only sensible thing to do, of course, was to make it into a play.

User 927, “a thriller about cyberstalking, search engines, and the way information is obtained, manipulated, and released in our wired world,” is getting a staged reading this Wednesday at LAByrinth Theater Co. in New York

“Leah and her 14-year-old daughter Deena have fled the big city for rural Indiana to make a new, safer life for themselves. Then Deena disappears, and technophobe mom must plug back in to seek the culprit. Will the person she’s hunting be found online, or a bike ride away? A work of fiction based on one very real and disturbing search log.”

Wednesday, June 10, 7 pm
307 West 38th St. (just west of 8th Ave), fl. 16

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When they play was workshopped in Philly, it got picked up in a bunch of national media outlets. I think I might go check it out this week myself.

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