A local indie theater company tonight is hosting a staged reading of Batman: The Long Halloween—an inspired concept!
Flying V Theatre will host the reading of the 13-issue comic book series at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md.). It’s a good choice for comic book aficionados and novices alike. The story features a murder mystery that tours through the entire Batman rogues gallery from Joker to Catwoman to Poison Ivy to The Riddler and beyond, and it looks like Flying V has assembled an entertaining cast to tackle the story.
“Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, The Long Halloween tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Captain James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month, while attempting to stop the crime war between two of Gotham’s most powerful families, Maroni and Falcone,” according to Wikipedia.
What is Flying V Theatre? Its website says:
Inspired by genre fiction, comic books, and other modern mythologies, we produce work that embraces high concept situations without sacrificing the emotional resonance of real characters in intimate moments. The company is made of a core of multi-disciplinary theatre practitioners committed to productions of engaging, high impact theatricality and fearless content.
The theater company selected this staged reading as an opportunity to announce its fifth year of programming in 2015. Attendees are encouraged to pay what they can for the one-night only performance.
Based on the story by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Flying V’s adaptation is written and directed by Jason Schlafstein*.
Paul Reisman as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Peter Finnegan as Harvey Dent
Grant Cloyd as Jim Gordon
Lee Liebeskind as Carmine “The Roman” Falcone
Sarah Taurchini as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Michael Harris as Sal “The Boss” Maroni
Tyler Herman as Alberto Falcone
Bradley Foster Smith as The Joker
Matthew McGee as The Riddler
Amanda Forstrom as Poison Ivy
Zachary Fernebok* as The Scarecrow
Chris Stinson as The Mad Hatter
Ryan Tumulty as The Calendar Man
Kari Ginsburg as Carla Viti
Megan Reichelt as Gilda Dent
Gwen Grastorf as Sofia “Gigante” Falcone
David Pratt as The Narrator
SM: Allie Heiman
Props: Dre M Moore
Lights: Cody Whitfield
*Flying V Company Members
Flying V Theatre
Batman: The Long Halloween
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh St.
Monday, Dec. 8