Act II Scene 11
MARTA's gallery opening. The COURTIERS who played the servants entering at the end of the last scene, now don II9's and become multiple users interacting with each other in physical space, as well as on the screen. A sound collage makes audible once again the EMPEROR'S "Good Morning" alongside the NIGHTINGALE'S decree "let no one know that you have a little bird who tells you everything." They are mixed with MARTA'S version of "Love Should Grow Up Like a Wild Iris in the Fields." MARTA is surveying the landscape of interactive users she has created. GEORGE enters and watches the screen, watches MARTA. MARTA then sees GEORGE. GEORGE walks slowly towards MARTA, recreating their positions and directionality of the approach that occurred in the II9 streetscapes in Act II, Scene 7, except in reverse (GEORGE moves towards MARTA instead of vice versa).
Nightingale has more than one ending. The process of selecting the ending for each performance needs to be worked out by the director and company, though the choice should be made in response to the actual performance given each night, rather than pre-setting it. In this way, the ending will be improvisatory.
Jaron Lanier on language and virtual reality