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TC Newell has brought us August Verses and Supra-Heroes Rock Sporaticus Now and has always advocated that he provides poetry to be performed, and that is literally the case with this two-act play written in satirical lyrical verse. Supra-Heroes Rock! consists of eight scenes, each scene designed to stand by itself, each scene inviting productions of the rap musical. In the playwright's notes, he states, "This play can be treated as a punch-rap musical with elaborate fight-dancing choreography and stage-fighting. Any director of the play may use his/her discretion and change around the 8 scenes in any order, if necessary." The stage play becomes a great textbook, a great piece for any Readers Theater troupe. The challenging casting calls for 12 males and 2 females. In any interview the playwright will state that he would love to tackle the role of Mr. Incognito himself and welcomes the debate that Incognito could be considered the protaganist as well as the antagonist in the play. Or is the protagonist Napoleon, the Gargoyle statue that comes to life, carved over a period of twenty years by an unlikely sculptor? Marti Brite, the satirical lyrical DJ, serves as the narrator in the play and provides music of today and yesterday and serves as the important liaison between Napoleon and the 9 Supra-Heroes. The Supra-Heroes are paired up as mentor/protege duos, who--at the beginning of the play--are wood-splitters in Camp Sporaticus, a manual labor camp run by Mr. Incognito, where they split and stack wood for the citizens of Sporaticus, so they can keep warm in the winter because they heat their homes the retro, old-fashioned way: wood-burning stoves. Then Incognito closes down Camp sporaticus because he has other ideas: establishing PEZ [Positive Energy Zappers], a corporate and technological monopoly that will use the wood-splitting camp to set up laboratories where he can produce the toxic and addictive drug, KokinNAXINol, and manufacture consumer goods laced with it and manipulate and monopolize and exploit the entire population of the mythical city of Sporaticus. Six of the wood-splitters rebel and refuse to become any part of PEZ when given the opportunity, and thus become Can and Tray Warriors, scavenging the streets of Sporaticus collecting aluminum cans and ABS [already been smoked] cigarettes--their own choice of toxic pleasure. Three of the wood-splitters, however, do join PEZ; and, along with Incognito, set out with plans to tear down and rebuild Sporaticus on their own terms. In Act I, Scene 4, we meet another mentor/protege duo, which brings the Supra-Hero count to 8. Newell says there are 9: who is the 9th? The 9th Supra-Hero calls for an actor to play duo roles--victim and bully, mentor and protege, Supra-Hero and Zapper. The Stage Set The stage set will become a challenge for any set builder and designer beginning with the wood-splitting camp which transforms to a conference room, then a night club; and, in the second act, a laboratory. Two platforms upstage left and right must be built rising above the stage floor: upstage left is the top of the tall building where the Gargoyle is perched, and upstage right is the Hayloft where Marti Brite performs her pirated radio broadcasts. Downstage right will be the famous BUS STOP where a lot of dynamic action takes place. The Dynamic Cast The 9 Supra-Heroes, as described by the playwright, call for diverse talent: Black [Afro-American], Hispanic, Asian, and Caucasian, in the 18-25 age range. PEZ consists of 14 characters: the four principle Zappers are Mr. Incognito, Tobias the Tormentor, Honey Trapp, and King Cory Crab. There are also 5 "Suits" and 5 "Lab Coats"--any race and in the 18-50 age range, consisting of dancers and even stage crew. The work of the entire cast will be a dynamic collaboration of dancers, actors, musicians, singers, rappers, and artists.
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TC Newell brings you the stage play based on his self-published book, Supra-Heroes Rock Sporaticus Now [also available on CreateSpace], with fresh, rich new verses for the New Millennium. He brings to the stage his concept of Supra-Heroes in Sporaticus. Meet the mentor/protege duos of Rad and G-Ray, Atom and Caz, Que and Tuffenuf, and Lightning and Phoenix. And his 9th Supra-Hero torn between being a victim and a bully in a corporate, technologicial world of the mythical city of Sporaticusl
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