Still craving some theatre after a post-Les Mis hangover, but your tastes are a little more comic book than Cosette? The Lost Girls Theatre company has you covered with their upcoming evenings featuring short plays with geeky topics ranging from the zombie apocalypse to The Hobbit.
We asked Lost Girls Theatre co-founder Andie Arthur to give us a run-down of how the company got its start, as well as what we can expect to see when their latest venture, Super Shorts! An Evening of Geeky Play Readings, hits stages in Miami Lakes and Fort Lauderdale next weekend.
Cultist: What first inspired you to get into the theater/become a playwright?
Andie Arthur: I've been in theatre since I was little, starting out as an actor. I became a playwright in high school. At the time, I was the tallest girl in theatre and played all the young male roles at a local Shakespeare theatre. I played Lucius in Julius Caesar, Adviragus in Cymbeline, and a soldier/nun/theatre patron in Cyrano DeBergerac. There were no roles made for a tall, sometimes awkward teenage girl -- so I knew I had to create some. I've been writing plays ever since, generally with strong roles for women.
How did the Lost Girls Theatre company get its start?
Katherine Siegel (the co-founder of the company) and I became friends bonding over a shared love of Doctor Who at a baby shower, when the conversation turned to theatre. We discovered that we both wanted to create the same type of theatre [as Doctor Who] -- highly imaginative and visual work that connects the audience with a sense of wonder. A few months after that conversation, Lost Girls Theatre incorporated.
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What kind of a geek are you?
I'm primarily a history and fantasy geek, but I also fascinated by space and obsessed with stories about time-travel.
Can you give a preview of a couple of the shorts we might see?
We have a great diversity of styles and voices in our playwrights, which I'm excited about. We have plays that are very self-referential, such as Rory Leahy's "The One With Zombies," where the protagonist bemoans how overplayed zombies are during the apocalypse. There is also Gene Excaliber's "Real Life," which is lovely slice of life piece looking at the beginning of a relationship through the characters contemplating the sex lives of superheroes.The plays range on topics from Egyptian Gods to actual science to fantasy. So, there's something for every kind of geek.
Super Shorts! An Evening of Geeky Play Readings runs on Friday, January 11, 8 p.m. at Main Street Players (6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes) and on Saturday, January 12, 8 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (in the Galleria Mall, 2542B East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale). Tickets are $10 at the door. For more on the Lost Girls Theatre Company, visit lostgirlstheatre.com.