“[A] rich, imaginatively expressive intelligence, a mind taking you to places that you’d never have thought to go on your own.”—Washington Post
Who is The Faithkiller?
In 1946, he’s a character on a once-popular radio drama: a Nazi-busting GI with a clear mission, boundless courage, and a powerful secret weapon. With the war long over, however, The Faithkiller’s charismatic Jewish creator and talented cast struggle mightily to keep the show alive and relevant in a post-war world. Sixty years later, the old hero is brought back to life by his original creator’s granddaughter and her Muslim partner. Now an atheist superhero on a controversial television series, The Faithkiller saves the world from the terror of extreme religious fundamentalists, but bitterly divides the country at the same time. Finally, in the not-too-distant future—a world dominated by a powerful, conservative, pan-religious theocracy—The Faithkiller comes fully to life as an undercover revolutionary operative trying to end his government’s reign of oppression. Branded a terrorist, he fights for the soul of the world… but at what cost?
The non-linear narrative of The Faithkiller moves between the past, present, and future to try to ask what happens when the stories we tell take on a life of their own… and which stories we should believe in.
Productions: Taffety Punk Theatre Company (DC, 2009). Readings: Maieutic Theatre Works (NY, 2010). Workshops: Theater of the First Amendment (VA, 2007). Recognition: O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, 2008.
Below is a small gallery of images taken from the Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s 2009 production. A complete gallery of images from that production—a transmedia performance that included both filmed and live components—is available on Flickr as well.