New play brings Eastsider LA’s blog comments to life

UnmoderatedOnline comments get a bad rap. True, unhinged vitriol is rampant on some websites, but not everyone thinks it’s terrible across the board. Take a new L.A.-based play called “Unmoderated,” which uses comments as the raw material for drama and comedy on the stage.

The dialogue for “Unmoderated” comes from the comment section of a local blog called The Eastsider LA. Most of the commenters have never met in person, much less read their online writings out loud.The play brings this virtual community to life, dramatizing the highs and lows of life on LA’s East side.

Of course, not all comment sections operate in a similarly productive fashion. We’re still in the early days of virtual communities, learning how to shape them, and shaping our own opinions about them.

Unmoderated has its formal debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this month.

Watch the opening of “Unmoderated” here:

“Unmoderated: Readings from the Eastsider LA.com comments section” from Rory Mitchell on Vimeo.