Wicket: A Parody Musical is the purest example of what Nerd Theatre can accomplish—a joyous celebration of pop culture that brings new audiences into the theatre. By digging deep into the Star Wars franchise’s fandom and flaws, Wicket manages to be both a loving homage as well as a scathing criticism.
In 4 ABY, the Galactic Civil War came to a climactic end at the Battle of Endor. In the annals of galactic history, a small footnote mentions a random race that played a small part in that conflict—Ewoks. What history does not know is that the Ewoks weren’t a random unforeseen pawn in that great struggle. Instead, they were its cause … and its solution. And they sang way more than reported. That untold story is what Wicket: A Parody Musical is all about.
Since you’re a nerd, you already know that Wicket was the little Ewok that befriended Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi.
Uber-nerds know other Ewoks: Princess Kneesaa, Chief Chirpa, Teebo, Latara, and beloved medicine man Logray. We learn there is much more to these fabric softener mascots from space than we ever realized.
We also learn the true ambitions of the diabolical Emperor. We always thought he wanted the power of galactic conquest. When he really wanted the riches of massive toy sales. (Might sound a little like the motives of a certain terrestrial director whose name rhymes with Schmorge Schmucas. We assure you that all similarities between the Emperor and said director are purely intentional.)
While Wicket gives audiences a whole new perspective on Princess Leia, the Emperor, the Ewoks, and the entire saga we know so well; it also gives them reasons to cheer, memorable numbers to hum on their way home, and a hella collectable t-shirt to wear home after the show.
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Travis has written or co-written six plays, including Song of the Living Dead, the musical that asks “what if a Broadway musical was attacked by zombies?”; The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical, which shows just how hairy puberty can be; Musicals Suck: The Musical, the meta-musical where a cursed musical-hater’s life becomes a musical; and Lawrenceburg, the mashed-up lovechild of Star Wars and The Dukes of Hazard. He’s also a prolific improv comic, performing weekly at Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage.
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Haddon is an award winning composer and lyricist. Off-Broadway: The Snow Queen: A New Musical (Music and co-Lyrics, “A Fairy Tale That Rocks!” -The New York Times ) Ring Twice for Miranda, The Atheist, Haymarket, and The Blowin’ of Baile Gall. Regional: As You Like It, The Death of A Novel and Game On at San Jose Rep. Proof at George Street Playhouse. The Red Room: An Underworld Cabaret (2015 Reiser Lab Winner,) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Managing Maxine at Alliance. Resurgens and Blackberry Winter at Out of Hand. The Thrush and the Woodpecker and The Pillowman at Actor’s Express. Winner: Best Original Music Award from San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (for “Game On.”) Two time Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award Winner for best Original Music/Sound Design. Learn more at www.haddonkime.com
Rick Lombardo is a prolific and award-winning American theatre director, playwright and adaptor. He is the former Producing Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the former Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts. Lombardo is is currently the Artistic Director of Penn State Center Stage, and the Director of the School of Theatre at Penn State University.
He is an Executive Board member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, actress Rachel Harker. Learn more at www.ricklombardo.net
WICKET: A PARODY MUSICAL
The new parody Star Wars musical that’s totally wicked! Yes, this is a real thing.