Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I think this is the first artistic statement I have written out. At least it is the first time I believed it. Throughout my college career professors and students constantly surveyed their soulscape for artistic intent, then unearthing, brushing off, and displaying whatever they dug up. The idea that an auteur or a group of artists bring One Vision and message to the audience through their art became mantra. After nearly thirty years of participating, designing, and running live action role playing (larp) events, I still orbited around the gravity well of art as a means of communicating your idea—awareness, outrage, joy, remembrance, what have you—to participants. After reading the following quote, which I cannot relocate and which I paraphrase; “Larp is an art form that allows audiences to tell stories about themselves,” I still, perhaps subconsciously, thought that I would be the one to bring a red pill to people. I knew something they didn’t, how perceptive was I that I must shake the population awake from their emotional and intellectual slumber! I don’t want to do that anymore. Not with Starship Selket, anyway. Something neat happened while my wife Kirsten and I were working on the award-winning experience One Last Thing Before You Go for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I realized that we (and our splendid cast) were asking each solo audience member to decide what was more important to them, honesty or providing comfort? What would they do in our fabricated scenario? This take, this asking the audience a question and letting them answer it without judgment or being fed “what I want them to come away with”, is my lodestar. I feel that as a human who checks off almost all the boxes of a patriarch, there’s not much I can say, or even really want to say, about the human condition. However, I think there are a lot of questions that I can ask, and, I hope, empower ordinary people to answer through (pretend) extraordinary circumstances. I guess that is my artistic intent: to create a liminal space where participants can discover themselves. I hope you join us on this adventure through outer space and your inner self.