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The Exponential Underground Theatre Festival

(Flyer via The Exponential Festival)

(Flyer via The Exponential Festival)

January is theatre-fest time: there’s the always exciting COIL fest, Under the Radar at the Public Theater, and the opera-centric summit Prototype. But Theresa Buchheister– a founding member of Title:Point, the DIY production company that runs Vital Joint at the Silent Barn– thought it was the perfect opportunity to introduce her own operation into the mix, The Exponential Festival, as a counterpoint to the usual.

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“King Kirby” at Comic Book Theater Fest

From the director: “’King Kirby’ is a play about the life of Jack Kirby, often called the ‘king of the comics,’ who had a career and a life that spans almost the entire 21st century. Every important moment in comic history is pretty much relatable back to him. He drew his way out of the Jewish ghetto of the Lower East Side, he fought in France during WWII, and he created or co-created characters like Captain America, the X-Men, Thor, Avengers, and for that matter, he helped create romance comics. It’s a drama that takes place from when he was about 12 to 80. He died in 1992. And the point of the play is that a lot of people think that entertainment and pop culture just kind of gets cranked out by this faceless corporate machine, when in fact, it’s real human beings with real flesh-and-blood stories who make this stuff happen, and this is one of the most important people doing it, and yet very few people know his name.”

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3 Comic-Book-Inspired Dramatists Name Their Favorite Comics and Plays

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“King Kirby” at Comic Book Theater Fest

From the director: “’King Kirby’ is a play about the life of Jack Kirby, often called the ‘king of the comics,’ who had a career and a life that spans almost the entire 21st century. Every important moment in comic history is pretty much relatable back to him. He drew his way out of the Jewish ghetto of the Lower East Side, he fought in France during WWII, and he created or co-created characters like Captain America, the X-Men, Thor, Avengers, and for that matter, he helped create romance comics. It’s a drama that takes place from when he was about 12 to 80. He died in 1992. And the point of the play is that a lot of people think that entertainment and pop culture just kind of gets cranked out by this faceless corporate machine, when in fact, it’s real human beings with real flesh-and-blood stories who make this stuff happen, and this is one of the most important people doing it, and yet very few people know his name.”

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3 Comic-Book-Inspired Dramatists Name Their Favorite Comics and Plays

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“Mining the Moon”

From the writer: “It’s fantasy-based story about the president, who is a werewolf, and who has halted the spinning of the moon, so the moon’s always full and he can stay in power. He’s deposed, and with the help of his friend, who’s a talking horse, he tries to find his way back to the moon and to the source of his werewolf people. It’s very much a satire and a fantasy in a humorous way, about power and corruption and environmental themes. It’s a weird blend of puppet theater and kabuki theater.”

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3 Comic-Book-Inspired Dramatists Name Their Favorite Comics and Plays

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“King Kirby” at Comic Book Theater Fest

From the director: “’King Kirby’ is a play about the life of Jack Kirby, often called the ‘king of the comics,’ who had a career and a life that spans almost the entire 21st century. Every important moment in comic history is pretty much relatable back to him. He drew his way out of the Jewish ghetto of the Lower East Side, he fought in France during WWII, and he created or co-created characters like Captain America, the X-Men, Thor, Avengers, and for that matter, he helped create romance comics. It’s a drama that takes place from when he was about 12 to 80. He died in 1992. And the point of the play is that a lot of people think that entertainment and pop culture just kind of gets cranked out by this faceless corporate machine, when in fact, it’s real human beings with real flesh-and-blood stories who make this stuff happen, and this is one of the most important people doing it, and yet very few people know his name.”

Read more:
3 Comic-Book-Inspired Dramatists Name Their Favorite Comics and Plays

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“Mining the Moon” at Comic Book Theater Fest

From the writer: “It’s fantasy-based story about the president, who is a werewolf, and who has halted the spinning of the moon, so the moon’s always full and he can stay in power. He’s deposed, and with the help of his friend, who’s a talking horse, he tries to find his way back to the moon and to the source of his werewolf people. It’s very much a satire and a fantasy in a humorous way, about power and corruption and environmental themes. It’s a weird blend of puppet theater and kabuki theater.”

Read more:
3 Comic-Book-Inspired Dramatists Name Their Favorite Comics and Plays

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“King Kirby” at Comic Book Theater Fest

From the director: “’King Kirby’ is a play about the life of Jack Kirby, often called the ‘king of the comics,’ who had a career and a life that spans almost the entire 21st century. Every important moment in comic history is pretty much relatable back to him. He drew his way out of the Jewish ghetto of the Lower East Side, he fought in France during WWII, and he created or co-created characters like Captain America, the X-Men, Thor, Avengers, and for that matter, he helped create romance comics. It’s a drama that takes place from when he was about 12 to 80. He died in 1992. And the point of the play is that a lot of people think that entertainment and pop culture just kind of gets cranked out by this faceless corporate machine, when in fact, it’s real human beings with real flesh-and-blood stories who make this stuff happen, and this is one of the most important people doing it, and yet very few people know his name.”

Read more:
3 Comic-Book-Inspired Dramatists Name Their Favorite Comics and Plays