Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom: The Library Performances

IngenuityFest and the Cleveland Public Library teamed up on the graphic novel theatrical event presented at IngenuityFest.  The project turned into a terrific collaboration between illustrators, musician’s and theatre folks.  If you missed if performed in the subway station under West 25th you can see encore performances in October and November:

–Thursday, October 27, 4:00 p.m., Martin Luther King Branch

–Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m., Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium

–Tuesday, November 8, 4:00 p.m., Carnegie-West Branch

The goal is to record this project and marry the audio and video online so the piece can be enjoyed forever — but there’s just something so cool about seeing live theatre.

This theatrical adaptation combines graphic novel projections with live actors. It’s the 22nd Century: money is obsolete, energy is plentiful, and everyone lives forever.  So why is attraction designer, Julius having such a bad day?  For starters he’s solving his own murder and a rival design group is hell bent on turning everything in The Magic Kingdom virtual.

Director Jeremy Paul is the artistic director and founder of Theatre Ninjas. James Krouse adapted the novel, and is the director of programming for IngenuityFest.  He holds a MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and has written and directed plays in Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Cory Doctorow, author of the original novel, is a Canadian blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.


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