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Lizard Boy,’ A Coming-Of-Age Comic Book Superhero Musical

Diversionary Theatre brings the Seattle show to San Diego

'Lizard Boy,' A Coming-Of-Age Comic Book Superhero Musical
GUESTS:

Justin Huertas, actor and playwright, "Lizard Boy"

Beth Accomando, arts reporter, KPBS

Transcript

"Lizard Boy" started as a one-man show at Seattle Repertory Theatre and has since evolved into a three-person comic book rock musical now on stage at Diversionary Theatre.

The play follows an unlikely hero in Trevor, played by playwright Justin Huertas, who hasn’t left his house in a year. He was disfigured in a freak accident as a child — we are told it involved a playground, kids, dragon blood … it was messy. But now he doesn't feel comfortable going out in public.

Until the night we meet Trevor. Through Grindr, he hooks up with a cute stranger named Cary (William A. Williams). But that's just how his night begins. Through the course of the play he will also be forced to confront a stranger from his dreams called Siren (Kirsten deLohr Helland) and be challenged to transform from freak to hero.

Diversionary Theatre's artistic director Matt Morrow said in the show notes:

"Lizard Boy" comes to us direct from its World Premiere production at Seattle Rep this season, making our production its encore. I’ve been tracking this show since its World Premiere was announced, and when I finally saw the production I was blown away by its bold originality and dynamic approach to storytelling. Huertas uses the fantastical Comic Book form, but does so in a completely earnest way that is utterly engaging. and this three-hander puts a new twist on triple threat, with the cast becoming their own band, accompanying themselves on a wild assortment of instruments from ukelele to kazoo to guitar to cello.

Huertas called his show "a coming-of-age, comic book superhero origin story told by a three person folk rock band."

Huertas said that he had been asked to write about his own coming out story as part of a workshop, but felt it wasn't an exciting story so he made up the more epic tale of "Lizard Boy." He said since there "were no mainstream Filipino or brown superheroes" he would have to create one.

"Lizard Boy" has been extended through Nov. 6 at Diversionary Theatre.

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