Directed by Caltech Theater's Brian Brophy, Socially Unacceptable follows three Facebook content moderators who are hired to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeling lucky to have a job, these new employees spend their days in a virtual world, Zoom conferencing with teammates for full workdays.
As they screen the site's most violent and offensive posts, these content moderators begin to deal with the dangerous psychological effects of the job, and their lives become increasingly interconnected both on screen and off.
In Socially Unacceptable playwright Matt Steinberg shows us five characters: the idealistic dreamer, the ambitious recruit, the easy-going confidant, the frustrated expert, and the manager just trying to hold it all together. Together they face the worst the internet has to offer—that which is completely socially unacceptable.
Socially Unacceptable explores the growing conflicts between big tech and health, and the cost at which our digital world looks the way it does.
Let's hope the moderators survive.
The all-undergraduate cast includes:
- Emily Choe '24
- Tanmay Gupta '24
- Joy Liu '24
- Winter Pearson '23
- Betty Wang '21
Socially Unacceptable will run for 3 performances:
- Thursday February 25, 2021
- Friday, February 26, 2021
- Saturday, February 27, 2021
All performances are at 5:00 p.m. PST, and will be followed by a live discussion with the playwright and students.
Admission is $5 for non-Caltech students, $10 for JPL/Caltech employees and $20 for everyone else.