Abingdon Theatre Company kicks off 2017 with a limited engagement of THE DORK KNIGHT, a new play written and performed by Jason O’Connell—star of Bedlam’s recent Off-Broadway hit Sense and Sensibility—about his complicated relationship with the Caped Crusader. Performances run January 6-29, as part of Abingdon’s new Second Stage Series featuring immediate and immersive new works. Artistic Director Tony Speciale is set to direct, with the official press opening scheduled for January 17.
A look into one man’s obsession with movies about another man’s obsession with dressing up like a rodent and punching people, THE DORK KNIGHT traces the ups and downs of actor Jason O’Connell’s personal and professional life as seen through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the Batman movies.
Featuring numerous “cameos” from the bat-voices in O’Connell’s head, THE DORK KNIGHT is a trip down cinematic memory lane that begins with the 1989 Michael Keaton blockbuster, and strolls past George Clooney’s bat-nipples, Christian Bale’s bat-growl, and a couple of iconic Jokers en route to (sigh) Batfleck. O’Connell’s funny, intimate memoir demonstrates how one’s “inner geek” can guide and inspire in good times and in bad.