OZ ARTS NASHVILLE PRESENTS BOOKS 2 AND 3 OF THE ACCLAIMED LIVE-ACTION GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS, APRIL 28 & 29
All-Ages Performances Feature Actors, a Foley Artist and Live Music While 1,000+ Full-Color Comic-Book Images Blast from the Screen
Robot Planet Rising (April 28) and Twin Infinity (April 29) Follow Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth, a Hit in OZ Arts’ Inaugural Season in 2014
The Intergalactic Nemesis
Robot Planet Rising and Twin Infinity
Produced and Directed by Jason Neulander
Robot Planet Rising: April 28 at 3pm and 7:30pm
Twin Infinity: April 29 at 7:30pm
“Furiously entertaining.”—Sydney Morning Herald
NASHVILLE, TENN. – March 8, 2017 – OZ Arts Nashville is pleased to welcome back the creators of the innovative live-action graphic novel series The Intergalactic Nemesis for performances of Books 2 and 3 of the project, Robot Planet Rising and Twin Infinity. Blending the magic of a radio drama with the energy of a science fiction comic book, these one-of-a-kind, all-ages stage works feature more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color comic-book images blasting from the screen while three actors, a foley artist and a keyboardist perform the voices, sound effects and music live.
The Intergalactic Nemesis creator-director Jason Neulander and his collaborators will perform Robot Planet Rising on April 28 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Twin Infinity on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59 for adults and $29 for children. There is also a “Double Feature Saturday” price to enjoy both Saturday shows of Book 2 AND 3 for $95 for adults and $45 for children. Tickets can be purchased as of March 29 at www.ozartsnashville.org. OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle in Nashville, Tenn.
In creating The Intergalactic Nemesis, Neulander drew inspiration from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars and the pulp serials of the 1930s. Book One: Target Earth, which OZ Arts presented in 2014, was a period adventure story featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott facing down the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. When Target Earth premiered in Austin, Texas, in 2010, more than 2,100 people turned out. Shortly thereafter, it was featured on NPR and on “Conan.” The production has been touring the world ever since, including a run on Broadway and a sold-out showing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
No previous Intergalatic Nemesis experience is necessary for audiences to enjoy Books 2 and 3. In Robot Planet Rising, the year is 1933. The time: two weeks after the conclusion of Target Earth. The place: Robonovia, the Robot Planet. When commander El-Bee-Dee-Oh is lost in space, it’s up to Molly Sloan and Timmy Mendez to find him. But when Molly’s former fiancé shows up with his assistant (and Soviet spy) Natasha Zorokov in tow, Molly and Timmy discover a plot that threatens not only the very existence of Robonovia, but the safety of Earth itself. Will they uncover the source of the problem? And just who is this robot who calls himself “Alphatron,” anyway?
Twin Infinity brings us to Molly Sloan’s and geneticist Ben Wilcott’s wedding day in 1942. Ben hasn’t shown up to the altar. When Molly goes to his apartment, she finds him. But it’s not him, after all. It’s a different Ben. A more bookish Ben. A librarian Ben. So Molly enlists this Ben to help her find the other Ben and, in the process, brings a whole new definition to the word “love.”
The company performing at OZ Arts Nashville includes Rachel Landon, Brock England and, in a rare appearance, Neulander; foley artist Kelly Matthews; and musician Harlan Hodges.
Jason Neulander says of the upcoming engagement, “This gig wraps up six years of touring, and I couldn’t be happier that we’re doing it at OZ Arts Nashville. Of the hundreds of venues we’ve visited, OZ Arts ranks at the top, and Nashville audiences are the bomb!"
About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. Tennessee Things (TNT, the program formerly known as Thursday Night Things) is a curated series of newly created artworks by Tennessee-based artists. The TNT series is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Danner Foundation.
For more information, please visit http://www.ozartsnashville.org/.