We use the phrase ‘fandom theatre’ to express and summarize what we do at Geekenders, and what we strive to achieve with our shows.
But, um, we made up that phrase so… let’s explain it!
When we write a show, whether we’re exploring the humour possible in Star Wars: A New Hope or we’re writing dialogue for two people to host a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed burlesque show, we consider how much people love the property and characters that we’re paying tribute to.
While in some ways, what we do is write and act out fanfiction (let’s be hella honest, here), we do it in a studied-English-and-playwriting kind of way. We do it in a way that reflects the love for the characters and themes we write about. All of the members of Geekenders write different host scripts, depending on their area of geekery and passion.
So any show you come to, you will see a complete story that is an extension of an existing canon. You might see Moira Brown continuing her Wasteland Survival Guide with entries on nerdlesque and deahtclaws. You might see a 60s Batman trying to solve a crime in a nightclub, and having no choice but to bring Robin along because he couldn’t find a sitter. You might see Tony Stark getting everybody drunk at what was supposed to be a recruitment session for the Avengers initiative.
We write full-length parody shows based on beloved, iconic geek movies. Star Wars, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride. Instead of mocking those movies, though, we figure out what music would inform the plot, how to build at-at costumes, and create a loving musical version of the movie that blends comedy, dance, and theatre.
People you see onstage at Geekenders might be career theatre performers, or they might be making their theatrical debut.
Anything we want to make possible, we can. New 52? Nah. We delete it. Phantom Menace? Never happened. In our little theatrical bubble, anything we want to make happen with our chosen geeky passions, we do.
Not only that, but Geekenders gives people who have never performed before a chance to explore that part of themselves. Through burlesque classes, performance classes, discourses at conventions, auditions, and the Geekenders ‘pitch program’ (which allows performers of any experience to pitch numbers for any show, which may or may not be selected based on the merit of the idea and its creativity). Brand new performers have the option of receiving coaching from seasoned and professional actors and dancers for their stage debut, and people who identify as nerds and geeks can explore their theatrical sides in a safe and accepting environment.
Want to join in?
Start by liking Geekenders on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/Geekenders