The training to become a Blue Man member requires weeks spent with a director who works on skills ranging from throwing and catching objects with precision, to spitting paint at a rotating canvas. Massey calls it “boot camp for special skills.”
“It's pretty intensive but it's also dealing with things completely outside the box,” Massey said. “We also explore character study and learn about interacting with the audience. In a Blue Man show, there is no fourth wall. We depend on getting authentic responses from an audience. How they react influences what we do. Everything is tailored just for the people in the hall that night.”
In the two decades since Blue Man Group was formed, advances in technology have had a dramatic impact on countless areas of society, from changes in the way we communicate (Twitter, Facebook) to how we keep up on current events (videographers now capture political events as they unfold and the internet provides unrestricted access to sites that deal with the dissemination of news both popular and arcane).
Not surprisingly, Blue Man Group has incorporated new forms of technology into its shows, from LED lighting to projections of images on screens and walls. Unlike a pure theatrical performance, the Blue Man Group's presentations evolve in tandem with technology.
“Technology has given the Blue Man Group an infinite landscape to play in,” Massey said. “It's about experiencing the world in its current state. What would a Blue Man do with a giant iPad? Our shows are not tightly scripted, which means there are always opportunities for improvisation.
“Taking a journey together is the driving force behind a Blue Man Group show. We get instant feedback which means we often get to ride the wave of an audience's laughter. Our hope is that an audience has an hour and a half of fun. If that happens, we feel like our mission has been accomplished.”