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Intergalactic Nemesis Performed at Weis Center

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Nov 7, 2014 12:08 PM

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What do you get when you combine storytelling elements from an old-time radio play with comic book artwork in a live stage production? Add in science fiction elements and a pulp-era setting and the end results come out looking like the production of The Intergalactic Nemesis, which comes to the Weis Center at Bucknell University on Thursday, November 13.

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Three actors in front of microphones provide the voices for all of the roles, while a Foley artist creates hundreds of sound effects in view of the audience, accompanied by a pianist playing a cinematic score. That's the old-time radio play part. The comic book part comes in the form of over 1,250 hi-res graphic panels that are projected on a screen as the story unfolds. The combination is described as a live-action graphic novel.

Set in the pulp-era of 1933, the story features Pulitzer-prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez and a time-travelling librarian named Ben Wilcott as they discover an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

The evening performance at 7:30 p.m is a two-hour presentation with an intermission. There's also an hour-long version performed at a 10 a.m.matinee.

A version of the show has also produced for online viewing on Youtube.

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