OZ will continue their dynamic first season of artistic programs with The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel performing Book One: Target Earth on March 7-8. This wildly entertaining theatrical experience merges an old-time sci-fi radio drama with original, hand-drawn comic book art, live on stage. Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other.
The Intergalactic Nemesis will perform Book One: Target Earth on March 7 & 8 at 7 p.m. at OZ (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle). Tickets are $20-40 and can be purchased online at www.oznashville.com. While in Nashville, the company will also provide short performances and workshop sessions for the students of two local middle schools: the University School of Nashville and John Troutwood Moore.
Book One charts a period adventure story featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott facing down the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. The telling is what makes the experience of The Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique: while three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-rez, blow-your-mind comic-book images blast from the screen, all performed live.
When The Intergalactic Nemesis premiered Book One in 2010, more than 2,100 people turned out. Shortly thereafter, it was featured on NPR and Conan O’Brien. Now, in its third touring season, the production has hit more than 80 venues around the US, UK, and Canada, including a run at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway. “In 20 years of directing and producing plays, I’ve never seen an audience respond so positively,” says project creator Jason Neulander. This one-of-a-kind all-ages show is not to be missed.
About the Artists
Jason Neulander (director, producer, co-author) is a writer, director, and producer based in Austin, Texas. From 1994 to 2008, Neulander was the founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning avant garde Salvage Vanguard Theater. During his tenure there, he directed and produced more than 50 world premiere plays, musicals and operas. He has been recognized three times as Austin’s “Best Theatre Director” in the Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” readers’ polls. His work has been seen in more than 80 venues across the globe. His current project, the transmedia sci-fi trilogy The Intergalactic Nemesis takes the form of graphic novels, radio plays, and live stage shows. The “Live-Action Graphic Novel” iteration of Intergalactic, is touring the world, including runs on Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. Book One: Target Earth was named “Best of Austin” in 2011 and has been featured in “Arts In Context” on PBS, on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and TBS’s CONAN (with Conan O’Brien as a performer). Book Two: Robot Planet Rising premiered in June 2012 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts to rave reviews and Book Three: Twin Infinity will premiere in September 2014.
Danu Uribe (Molly Sloan, Aughy, Queen of Zygon, et al.) is in her third season touring with The Intergalactic Nemesis Trilogy. Danu blends her comedic, dramatic and vocal talents to bring a host of characters to life for the audience. Danu received an Emmy award nomination for writing and acting in an MTV promotional campaign with the sketch comedy troupe, The Latino Comedy Project. She played opposite Martin Sheen, Michael York and Kristen Bell in the award-winning animated film, Flatland: The Movie. Danu studied writing and improvisational comedy at Chicago’s famed Second City Training Center. She earned a degree in Drama from Texas Woman’s University, where she starred in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Blood Wedding, Twelfth Night, Mama Drama and the musicals Red, Hot & Cole and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Danu regularly appears on-camera and provides voice-overs for commercial, industrial and educational projects. She takes pride in having created more than a hundred characters for educational software curricula used nationwide.
Brock England (Timmy, Shopkeeper, Webster, et al.) is an actor, director and producer, and has been active in stage and film for over twenty years. He has either performed or assisted in a performance of just about every major musical you can name, toured the country with an equestrian circus, and is an accomplished Shakespearean actor. He’s been seen in numerous short films and his first feature film, entitled Zero Charisma, premiered at the South By South West Film Festival in 2013 garnering the audience award for Best Narrative. He was awarded Best Lead Actor by the Austin Critic’s Table for his performance in Hidden Room Theatre’s original practices production of Rose Rage, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. He also writes and co-produces an original web series called Clown vs Mime. In his spare time, he enjoys running, sailing, working on his motorcycle(s) and singing.
Jeffery Mills (Ben Wilcott, Mysterion, Jean-Pierre, et al.) is an interdisciplinary theater artist currently based out of Austin, Texas. He has worked with numerous theatre companies in Austin over the years including, The Rude Mechs, Salvage Vanguard, Breaking String, Hidden Room, and the SITI Company (NYC). Jeff spent the past year in Adelaide, Australia, helping to produce theater for young people with the highly acclaimed Windmill Theatre Company. Previously, he served as Workshop Coordinator for The Muppets in New York City helping to produce the 2011 feature film, The Muppets.
Cami Alys (Foley Artist) has toured with The Intergalactic Nemesis since 2011. Additional touring credits include: Julie Jessup, The Rude Mechanicals’/ Center Theatre Group’s I’ve Never Been So Happy (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Arena Stage); Isabelle Belle, La Putain Avec Les Fleurs (Toronto Next Fest, Orlando International Fringe Festival, Kansas City Fringe). Austin, TX, credits include: Masha in Three, Timothy Braun’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and lead and back-up vocals as studio musician with composer, Peter Stopschinski. Cami also plays the ukulele and a pretty mean toy piano.
Kenneth Redding, Jr. (Piano and Organ) resides in San Antonio, Texas, where he regularly performs as a pianist, vocalist, and bassist. He studied Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music. Kenny composes music for television, film, jazz ensembles and orchestra. This is his third season touring with The Intergalactic Nemesis.
As the first contemporary arts institution in the region, the arrival of OZ transforms the cultural landscape of Nashville. Through a year-round program of performing and visual arts events, OZ will support the creative explorations of leading artists from around the world and inspire curious audiences of all ages. Father and son Cano and Tim Ozgener established the non-profit OZ in the building that once housed C.A.O., one of the world’s foremost cigar companies, of which they were Founder and President, respectively. Under their leadership, OZ has been transformed into a column-free, 10,000 square-foot performance and installation venue nestled amidst artfully landscaped grounds.
In addition to presenting celebrated national and international artists, OZ will serve as a catalyst for local creativity. The organization will provide a platform for local artists through the monthly TNT (Thursday Night Things) series, connect audiences with visiting artists developing new work via the Site-Visit Lecture Series, and share a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process with their quarterly in*sight publication.
OZ’s first season is programmed by Artistic Director Lauren Snelling, who comes to the organization following posts at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia. She has engaged the artists in collaboration with one of the world’s foremost curators, Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA and previously the Consulting Artistic Director for the Park Avenue Armory, the Artistic Director for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and the Founding Executive & Artistic Director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and the TBA Festival (Time-Based Art) in Portland, Oregon.
Written and Directed by Jason Neulander
Comic Book Artwork by Tim Boyle
Performances by Danu Uribe, Brock England, Jeffery Mills
Live Foley Artist: Cami Alys
Piano and Organ: Kenneth Redding, Jr.
March 7 & 8 at 7 p.m.
OZ (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN)
Tickets $40 (13 & older); $20 (12 & younger)
Recommended for ages 7 & up
2 hours, with 20 minute intermission