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The Intergalactic Nemesis – Target Earth

Mar 30, 2016

07TTCULTURE-master675For an experience like no other, step into a world about to be invaded by sludge monsters from the Planet Zygon.

The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez team up with a mysterious librarian from Flagstaff, Arizona, named Ben Wilcott. Together, they travel from Rumania to Scotland to the Alps to Tunis to the Robot Planet and finally to Imperial Zygon to defeat a terrible threat to the very future of humanity: an invading force of sludge-monsters from the planet Zygon.

In 2012, Margot Alder of NPR’s “All Things Considered” wrote:

What began in the 1990s as a traditional radio play at a coffee shop in Austin, Texas, has morphed from a radio play, to a graphic novel, to a live performance. The Intergalactic Nemesis is now traveling around the country with three actors, one foley artist, one keyboardist and 1,200 graphic novel images. Audiences show up not quite sure what to expect — but they often leave smiling.¹

 

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Robyn Ross, writing for the New York Times, reported in “A Live Action Comic Book Brings Zygon to Life” (Sept. 6, 2014):

In the last four years, the first two books in the “Intergalactic” trilogy have been staged before more than 70,000 people at more than 100 venues worldwide, including the Kennedy Center in Washington and the New Victory Theater Off Broadway. The producer and director, Jason Neulander, 44, describes the show as a radio play that replaces the narration with visual images, or a comic book that replaces the dialogue balloons with live actors.

 

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Three actors play up to 15 characters, comic book panels are projected on a screen setting the scene, the foley artist creates the sound effects right in front of the audience. Buzz Moran has been the sound effects designer since 1996.

(He) still uses household objects and children’s toys to create many of the sound effects, which are as much a part of the show as the dialogue and images. A perennial audience favorite is the sound of a chugging train, created by blowing on a toy train whistle and rhythmically shaking a box of macaroni and cheese turned on its side.²

 

The Intergalactic Nemesis – Target Earth
Saturday, April 9th, 8 p.m.
Caltech, Beckman Auditorium, 332 W. Michigan Ave., Pasadena 91125
Tickets: $10 (youth) to $42; purchase here
For more info, call 1.626.395.4652
Or visit Caltech.edu/calendar/public-events/2016-04

 

Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

 

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¹ Source: “Intergalactic Nemesis: From Radio to Page to Stage” by Margot Alder at NPR.org.

² Source: “A Live Action Comic Book Brings Zygon to Life” (Sept. 6, 2014) by Robyn Ross, The New York Times.

 

 




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