KING KIRBY is a play by the husband-and-wife team of New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente and NYIT award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman about the life and times of Jack Kirby, the great comic book artist who created or co-created some of your favorite heroes on the page and screen, Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Young Romance, the New Gods, Darkseid, The Demon… the list goes on and on.
From the Jewish ghetto of New York's Lower East Side to the battlefields of France to the Senate hearings of 1950s, this is a hysterical and heartbreaking story about a man who pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth.
A real-life "Adventures of Kavalier & Klay", King Kirby asks what happens when an artist doesn't own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?
King Kirby has been a long-term passion project of Fred's; with Crystal's help, it's down on paper. Now, with your help, we'll bring this astounding true story to life on stage.
Risks and challenges
We’re thrilled to be presenting KING KIRBY for the first time at the 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival at New York City’s The Brick Theater — check out show times here. http://bricktheater.com/index.php…
The director is the great John Hurley, director of Crystal’s NYIT Award-Winning The Vigil as well as her stage adaptation of Fred’s Action Philosophers comics.
The cast is headed by Steven Rattazzi as Kirby (perhaps best known to comics fans as Dr. Orpheus from Cartoon Network's "The Venture Bros"), and he's joined by Amy Lee Pearsall, Joe Mathers, Nat Cassidy and Timothy McCown Reynolds.
Our amazing design team:
Scenic and lighting design by Olivia Harris
Costume design by Holly Rihn
Sound design by Janie Bullard.
Your donations will let us pay for the services of these fine folks, rehearsal space, and the actual running of the show — thanks in advance for helping us bring comics history to life, and we hope you dig the rewards we’ve gathered for you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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