A Sci-Fi Cult Classic Put on Stage

This post is written by Tim Simeone, Visitor Information Specialist for Experience Columbus. You can follow Tim on Twitter @TimSimeone .

Down and Out in the Magical Kingdom

It is always refreshing to see a theater company creating and adapting new works. Its what continues to make Columbus’ theater scene more diverse, exciting and bold. Among Available Light, CATCO, the Short North Stage, and more, Columbus offers visitors an eclectic and smart selection of theater.

Available Light Theatre has adapted science-fiction novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow. If you aren’t familiar with this novel, you can read it online before you go see the show. Doctorow, a writer and proponent of liberalizing copyright laws, published his novel for free online and with a quick Google search you can find it.

The story takes place in Disney World with century old male, Julius, his younger girlfriend, LiL, and his best friend Dan. The three of them are the caretakers of Magic Kingdom’s rides. In an altered world, where death is no longer permanent and money has been replaced by a reputation economy, Julius takes the audience through his own murder mystery and ideas of nostalgia, progress and the unintended effects of technology.

Available Light is no stranger to genre-fiction. Having already produced Skyscrapers of the Midwest and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Available Light is comfortable in the imaginative and futuristic worlds.

Catch this exciting world premiere at the Riffe Center, Studio 2 – April 26-May 12. For more information on this show and resident Columbus theater company, Available Light visit www.avltheatre.com.