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See These Two New Sci-Fi Plays Premiering This Month

Here’s what to expect from each.

Illustration: Bill Bragg
Show Chalk Soon I Will Be Invincible (based on the novel by Austin Grossman)
Playwright Walt McGough (cofounder of Sideshow Theatre Company) Christopher Walsh (ensemble member with Lifeline Theatre)
Setting A dilapidated barn in an alternate present after an alien invasion has decimated the human race A few eons from now, in various caves, labs, and oceans and on desert islands
Plot A woman takes refuge in a chalk circle during a battle with an alien whose form of kryptonite is, yes, chalk. A consortium of superheroes must save the world from a dastardly doctor intent on unleashing an ice age.
Hero(es) Fiercely maternal Maggie (Think Ripley from Alien meets Regan’s mother from The Exorcist.) The New Champions (a motley crew of juvenile cyborgs, aliens, superpowered humans, and a fairy)
Villain A moody teenage extraterrestrial who has taken over the body of Cora, Maggie’s long-estranged, troubled daughter Dr. Impossible, a brainiac with the ability to unleash devastating global climate change
Influences Frank Herbert (Dune) and William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist), The Walking Dead comic books, and stories his father told during Boy Scout camp outs Star Wars, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Why Sci-fi? “With drama, you risk a level of disconnect if the story doesn’t track with something the audience has experienced,” says McGough. “With sci-fi, people make a big imaginative leap from the start.” “I’m fascinated by worlds a few degrees removed from our own,” says Walsh. “The heroes are all personifications of our ideal selves, while the villains are what we fear we might become.”
Go May 24 to June 28 at Victory Gardens. sideshowtheatre.org May 29 to July 19 at Lifeline Theatre. lifelinetheatre.com

 

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