CAVEAT: The director of this show, Rachel Palashewski, was the assistant director of one of my scripts last spring.
SHOW TITLE: CAPTAIN DO-GOOD SAVES THE FUTURE FROM WAL-MART
PRODUCER: Comedy Comics
HAILING FROM: Mankato, Minnesota
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Captain Do-Right has the power to help people make better choices. Can he stop the villain, General Idiocy, and Siren Seductress Leather Alice from making the world “more stupider?”
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: Simple mathematics, really. I like superheroes. And I like politics. And I like campy comedy. All of which received their apex in the 1960s Batman television series, so the playwright’s references to it endear me to him more. Also, these politics are in pretty much diametric opposition to mine, and I also really like being angry.
INTERVIEWEE: Greg Abbott (writer)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
I’ve been writing plays since 2007. This year, I’ve had 2 short plays performed in New York City, a full-length show performed by Madelia Community Theatre, and a short play performed by White Bear Lake’s Lakeshore Players. Behind the playwright superhero cape and mask, I’m married and have a 15-year-old. I steal most of my plots from them.
So what’s the big idea?
Captain Do-Good is a superhero who tries to help people make better choices: broccoli instead of French fries, shopping at local stores instead of Wal-Mart. But in his personal life, he can’t seem to make the right choice with the woman he secretly loves. And no comic book character is complete without the villain — an evil General Idiocy who encourages the laziest, cheapest way to do things — and Siren Seductress Leather Alice, who is all about herself, money and what makes her happy.
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
I always loved the campy Batman and Robin shows in the 1960s. Captain Do-Good is a little like throwing a 1960s naïve superhero into the year 2014. I also wanted a superpower that isn’t too effective, so I chose “making better choices.” It’s a little push on how hard it is to live your values, especially when food is usually priced higher if organic or doesn’t have growth hormones and your local stores are usually pricing things higher than the big-box chains.
Why should I care?
It’s a funny, slapstick look at the choices we all make (or fail to make) all set inside of a comic book caper, complete with ray guns, fight scenes and time travel helmets. It’s fun for kids, but also is an intelligent comic book romp for adults.
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.