Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dad's Garage presents Special Editon of 'Wrath of Con'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 8:05 AM

A NEW HOPE: The Wrath of Con
Last February, Dad's Garage Theatre debuted a lighthearted tribute to Dragon*Con and the nerdy niceties of "con culture" with The Wrath of Con, co-written by Jon Carr, Linnea Frye, Z. Gillispie, and Ed Morgan. With Dragon*Con just a few weeks away, the Inman Park playhouse is remounting a slightly revamped version of the show, dubbed The Wrath of Con: Special Edition and playing through Sep. 8. Gillispie, a longtime improviser at Dad's, explains how the Special Edition differs from the show's enjoyable world premiere production, as well as how much they love Dragon*Con.

What makes the remount a "Special Edition?"
In the grand tradition of Ridley Scott and George Lucas, we just couldn't resist the urge to go back and screw with a successful hit for no good reason. We added unnecessary "CGI" character, some new dialog, a deleted scene or two as well as an alternate ending. Our cast remains the same except we have a few understudy performances with Whitney Milsap taking Gina Rickiki's role for a couple of nights and co-writer/assistant director Jon Carr stepping in for Tom Rittenhouse toward the end of the run.

Do you and the other three writers have special areas of geek expertise?
I think we all had some really special stuff to bring to the table. Linnea is a fan of all kinds of pop culture ranging from "BSG" to comic book movies to other assorted Sci-Fi / Fantasy. She also writes females much better than us dudes. You should have seen some early drafts of the Diana / Sheila stuff. Jon is a jack-of-all-trades. He's probably the least "geeky" one of us but he still has a real appreciation for the Con ever since he attended it as the Old Spice guy. He also writes the non-geeky "bro" stuff really well. Ed and I are the misfits. Comics, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Doctor Who, fan-fiction, D&D, Magic the Gathering ... you name it, one of us is obsessed with it. It's a small miracle that either one of us has ever allegedly gotten laid. The work was pretty evenly distributed. We all developed the outline over a series of writing workshops and then we each took sections, wrote specific scenes and then took turns punch up each others work. It was surprising how smoothly it all came together.

Which of you have been to Dragon*Con the most often?
I think Ed and I are neck and neck. This will be my 13th year and I think Ed is at 12 or 13 himself, which is impressive since he is only in his mid-twenties. Last year was the first year we got a room and now we know it's the only way to go. In fact, we improvised most of Eric's monologues in that hotel room while polishing off a bottle of Dewar's.

What plans do you have for the show for Dragon*Con weekend?

Believe it or not, we are taking the actual weekend of the D*Con off. There was much debate over this, and it might be the biggest mistake ever, but here is the deal ... we, and I mean cast, crew and staff, LOVE DragonCon. This show is our love letter to D*Con and conventions just like it. If we did the show, then we couldn't go! Also, we think our core audience will be downtown and not at the theatre. Let's face it: once you're at D*Con, you ain't leaving to go see a show in Inman Park. In fact, Ed and I and two other dudes have a room at the Sheraton. And yes, we have My Little Pony-themed costumes prepared.

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