When we were reviewing submissions for the upcoming TWBW, Dunn’s True Believers immediately stood out to us. It had one thing that none of the other submissions had, a subject which none of us had ever encountered before in a play: Comics. A comic convention full of comic enthusiasts and comic artists who talk about, what else? Comics. Even the play’s structure is inspired by comic books.
Once we announced True Believers, we were curious if there were any other plays out there that used comics as its subject or inspiration. Before we began our research, we knew the obvious—Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. We assure you, True Believers offers twice the fun with no risk of injury! As we dug deeper, we found quite a few comic-inspired plays. Many of these focus on literally bringing comic books to life with superheroes as the main characters, protecting the city and winning the girl.
True Believers is a different kind of play. Everyone in the show is human. No one actually has superpowers, although some of the mega nerds in the play may argue differently. Comic books, sci-fi references, and geeks are heavily prevalent, but it’s not what the play is about. It’s about relationships and identity, striving for greatness and admitting defeat.
If you somehow managed to get through your entire life without ever seeing Star Wars, you can and likely will still love True Believers. You will be judged, but Vagabond Theatre Group forgives you.
Vagabond Theatre Group will present a reading of Thom Dunn’s True Believers for THERE WILL BE WORDS: A New Play Workshop on Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm at Trident Booksellers & Café. RSVP to the Facebook event here.