Who would have imagined someone crafting a dramatic presentation out of not the Princess of Themyscira and her adventures (if they can get Spider-Man on Broadway, anything’s possible), but her “father” and “mothers”? The National New Play Network, (NNPN), the country’s alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is sponsoring productions of Lasso of Truth in California, Georgia, and Missouri through the Network’s Continued Life of New Plays Fund.
In this inventive multimedia theatrical experience that combines live action with comic book illustration and animation, a contemporary young woman looks back and tries to untangle the knotted history behind the worldwide feminist icon. Using this vivid art direction, the story of the Inventor, his Wife, the Amazon; the lie detector; and even Gloria Steinem intertwine a family, a technological innovation, and a female icon’s influence.
Carson Kreitzer plays include The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen, 1:23, Flesh and the Desert, The Slow Drag (New York and London), Freakshow, Slither, Dead Wait, and Take My Breath Away, produced by multiple companies internationally. One of her other works, Behind the Eye, her new play about surrealist muse and WWII combat photographer Lee Miller, premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, directed by Hitchhiker’s Guide favourite, Mark Wing-Davey.
On the production’s IndieGoGo page, Kreitzer says that she “came across the story of William Marston and [Wonder Woman’s] wild, strange origin tale, I just couldn’t resist.” Working with Marin Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis, Kreitzer developed the intertwining stories of Lasso of Truth, giving their audiences an opportunity to think about issues regarding feminism, fetishism, gender power dynamics and most importantly how a changing culture defines its heroes throughout time.
Lasso of Truth runs through March 16, 2014, at Marin Theater Company in Mill Valley, California.