The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero

Bradley Foster Smith in 'The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero' in the Source Festival. Image by C. Stanley Photography.
Bradley Foster Smith in ‘The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero’ in the Source Festival. Image by C. Stanley Photography.
75 mins : 2M, 2W, 1-2 Puppeteers
Script Sample of The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero

A congressman entices an old friend (and washed-up actor) to portray a superhero in a publicity stunt designed to stop the unjust bulldozing of a public housing complex. That first stunt proves successful and leaves the crowd enthralled, but what happens when the character the politician created goes rogue? This graphic novel for the stage employs a seamless blend of live actors and shadow puppets to investigate the passions, hopes, and fears that call people to yearn for and believe in the possibility of superheroes. 

Production History:

  • [2011] Reading at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, director Nicholas Harazin
  • [2011] Workshop in the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, director Dan Bonnell, dramaturg Jeni Mahoney
  • [2011] Workshop Production in the Source Festival, Washington, DC, director Catherine Tripp, dramaturg Maura Krause
  • [2011] Workshop in the Fresh Eyes Project, Red Tape Theatre, Chicago, IL, director Nathan Green
  • [2010] Staged reading in The University of Texas at Austin Lab Theatre Season, director Kelly Howe
  • [2009] Reading in the Playwright Family Dinner Series at Salvage Vanguard Theatre

Awards:

  • [2011] Finalist for the Lark Playwrights’ Week

‘The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero’ in the Source Festival. Direction by Catherine Tripp.