Wonder Woman has had many fictional origins, but this play wants to share the real one.
Great American heroes of fiction come in many (stars and) stripes, but female American heroes of fiction? The ones that absolutely everybody knows? Wonder Woman towers over them like an Amazonian giant.
Despite the fact that she hasn't been in any live-action films, uh ... ever, Wondie is still a quintessential icon, especially to American audiences.
With that in mind, the Marin Theatre Company is in the midst of raising funds to tell the story of Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, and the two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne, upon whom he based his legendary character. The play, entitled The Lasso of Truth, is looking to raise a whopping $25k in order to handle all the more high-tech expenses.
The thing is, that story, in many ways, is far more compelling than any ficitonalized origin Diana has ever had. And it's hardly what many label the American ideal. The Marstons had a polyamorous relationship with Olive Byrne, and that doesn't even touch on why Wonder Woman was getting trapped by her own lasso in the comics all the time. Hint: It's exactly the kinky reason you think it is.
What we're saying is, Wonder Woman's true origins are weird but wonderful and very much deserve a theatrical telling. So here's how the play itself is explained in the fundraising campaign. We trust this will tell you one way or the other whether you'll want to lend your hard-earned money.
This incisive, multimedia-embracing play centers on a modern young woman searching for the original copy of Wonder Woman’s first appearance in print in an attempt to reconcile her childhood worship of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman with the strange and complicated history of the character’s inception. The cast of five—The Inventor, the Wife and the Amazon in the 1940s and the Guy and Girl in the contemporary comic book store—show how this symbol of female strength and beauty was born and how she continues to inspire men and women today.
We think there's a lot of potential there. How about you?
(via Laughing Squid)