Wonder Boy produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre

It’s probably not related to the Tenacious D song of the same name

: Courtesy 5th Ave

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The 5th Avenue Theatres 2021-2022 season started off like a rocket with associate artistic director Jay Woods joyful, wholehearted, and diverse production of Beauty and the Beast. It then produced two engagingly earnest world premieres, Afterwords and And So That Happened, adding fuel to its velocity. The all-musical company is clearly adapting well to a new generation of theatremakers

With the physical space hosting a couple of worthy Broadway toursCasey Nicholaws spirited and underrated comedy The Prom and the return of the truly lovely, Tony-winning sensation Come From Awaythe 5th will finish this season with a musical radio play called Wonder Boy, written by Jaime Jarrett and directed by J矇han sany穫n (Village Theatres The Book Club Play and founding creative director of Earthseed). 

The radio play is about a transgender superhero (Rhys Daly) who attempts to find a new normal in his identity while defending his college campus. It features a hell of a lineup of local talent, including Rheanna Atendido (ArtsWests Weve Battled Monsters Before), Rachel Guyer-Mafune (Book-It Repertory Theatres Howls Moving Castle), and UJ Mangune (Seattle Reps In the Heights).

The plays marketing doesnt reveal much of the plot, and Im more than happy to go into it cold, hoping for something fresh and different. At a minimum,Im assuming its unrelated to theTenacious D songof the same name.


Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.