Enter Jonas: a biracial teenager with autism.
Jonas broadcasts all aspects of his life online, including a disastrous first date with his crush, Nicole. Desperate to regain her affections, he dusts off a long-ignored gift from his mother—a classic 2D “Black feminist video game”— hopeful that the game will grant him the key to winning Nicole back. But Jonas soon discovers that, with only the Game Master & his friend Sabine to guide him, he must confront his own misperceptions of the women in his life, or risk losing not only the game but also his first chance at love.
In this mashup of live performance, video game design, & online interaction, Jonas & Sabine stream their play online, video-chat with each other (& you!), & find their path through the game together. Along the way, you’ll help (or hinder!) their progress by responding in real time to the choices they make.
Written by Darrel Alejandro Holnes, directed by Victoria Collado, & presented by The Civilians. For ages 16 and up.
The Civilians are working with members of the Autistic community, as well as Neurodivergent members within our artistic team, in the development of Black Feminist Video Game.
We have worked to make BFVG an accessible experience for Autistic audiences, as well as others with varying access needs. This includes:
-Refraining from jarring or sudden audio and visual cues in an attempt to avoid sensory overload.
-Avoiding strobing effects in our design for audiences prone to seizures.
-Creating an Autistic friendly design when choosing the show’s color pallet, use of background noise, and consistency of volume levels.
-Choosing a font that is friendly to Dyslexic audiences.
-Providing subtitles for Deaf and hard-of-hearing and audiences in recordings of our performance.