The Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jason Neulander
April 2, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
The Intergalactic Nemesis is an adventure story set in the 1930s that mashes up radio play and comic-book formats in a live theatrical production for the kid in everyone.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I think it was my 9th birthday when my mom took me and my sister to see Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan on Broadway. We had front row center mezzanine seats and in the curtain call Peter Pan flew over the orchestra section and for just a moment I was literally nose to nose with him. My parents thought it was hilarious that I couldn't even see the wire, but for me it was magic. I was hooked.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
is called a "live-action graphic novel", is a mashup of radio drama and comic-books, and has been booked in over 100 venues around the world without having played New York before.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
This show is about my own person inner 12-year-old. So in creating it, I tried to push every button that my 12-year-old self loves when it comes to storytelling and entertainment. I've seen The Intergalactic Nemesis more than 100 times probably and I still love watching it.
Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
Who are your heroes?
In the context of Intergalactic, my heroes are George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I was 7 when Star Wars opened cinematically and 12 when Raiders of the Lost Ark came out. The Intergalactic Nemesis is hugely influenced by those experiences--not just the stories those movies told, but also the feeling I had when I originally watched them. I hope that audiences come out of The Intergalactic Nemesis with a sense of wonder and a feeling that they've been on an incredibly fun adventure.