In Japan, a shortage of good actors has made desperate directors resort to hiring robots!
But the Japanese ARE beginning to use robots in plays, and not just as sight gags. Osaka University recently put on a play featuring a robot actor in the role of a house maid in the near-future Earth that has lost its will to work. Titled “Hataraku Watashi (I, Worker),” the actor and the robot on stage discuss humanity, the meaning of life, you know, the usual.
BBC story here. “So far, the play is only 20 minutes long but it is hoped to become a full-length production by 2010.”
This is an interesting exploration of technology and how it exists in and interacts with the lives of humans, currently and possibly in the future.