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Can you imagine seeing Superman 35 years from now? And his story told with nothing more than seven actors on a wooden platform 7 feet long and 3 feet wide (about the size of a sofa)? Well, hang on tight, because this Superman is ready to send your imagination soaring over tall buildings in a single bound.

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  • Presenting Sponsor of Performances for Young Audiences

    David M. Rubenstein Chairman

    Deborah F. RutterPresident

    Mario R. RosseroSenior Vice President, Education

    About Theater UnspeakableSometimes actions and expressions speak louder than wordsand thats the idea behind Theater Unspeakables name and the companys type of physical theater. Founded in 2010, this ensemble explores creative storytelling that focuses on gestures, playfulness, and collaboration.

    Additional support for Superman 2050 is provided by The Clark Charitable Foundation; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Education.

    Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.

    Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the Presidents Advisory Committee on the Arts.

    www. artsedge.kennedy-center.org

    Cuesheets are produced by ARTSEDGE, an education program of the Kennedy Center.

    Learn more about Education at the Kennedy Center at www.kennedy-center.org/education

    The contents of this Cuesheet have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

    2016 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    EXPLORE

    MORE!

    Ready to Save the Day? A Few Last ThingsWatchhow the actors use the full motion of their bodies, plus a range of voices and accents, to change charactersand become objects like buildings and desks, effects like fire and wind, and actions like flying and falling. Particularly notice how they change the sense of scale (distance) to show both far away and close up action.

    Listenhow the performers use their voices to create all the sounds. Youll hear the theme song from the Superman movie, sound effects for things like typewriters and elevators, and onomatopoeia (on-uh-mat-uh-PEE-uh)words pronounced like the sound they describe, like whoosh and boom.

    Imaginethe future 35 years from now. What will be different? The same? Share your ideas with a friend.

    Createa big story in a small space. Try choosing an epic story or fairy tale and think how you could tell it with only two other people in just a few feet of space. Practice different ways to show one big scene from the story.

    And rememberYou dont have to be a superhero to be a good audience memberjust stay seated and quiet, dont eat, turn off your floozle and other electronics, and remember to watch, listen, and clap at the end.

    Presented by

    Theater Unspeakable

    from Chicago

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    Go to KC Connections on ARTSEDGE artsedge.kennedy-center.org/ students/kc-connections

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  • BIG Storyon a Tiny Space

    Can you imagine seeing Superman 35 years from now? And his story told with nothing more than seven actors on a wooden platform 7 feet long and 3 feet wide (about the size of a sofa)? Well, hang on tight, because this Superman is ready to send your imagination soaring over tall buildings in a single bound.

    A Superman Story of the FutureWelcome to the city of Metropolis in 2050. But faster than you can say faster than a speeding bullet, theres trouble. Supervillain Lex Luthor has evil plans for the city and its high-speed train system. The Daily Planet newspapers star reporter Lois Lane is close to discovering what Luthor is up to, which puts her in great danger. The big question is: Can Superman save the day? A Beloved Superhero

    Americans first discovered Supermans story in a comic book in 1938. He came from another planet and was adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, who raised him as Clark Kent. Upon discovering his powersextraordinary strength and speed, plus he could fly!his parents inspired him to use his incredible gifts for good. And so the man with the blue suit, red cape, and super-sized red S on his chest became a beloved hero to the American people.

    Over the years, many artists have retold or adapted (changed) the story in books, comic books, cartoons, TV series, radio shows, and moviesespecially the 1978 hit Superman: The Movie. Supermans story was just the type of epic adventure the Superman 2050 performers wanted to tell in a new way.

    Creating Things Out of Thin Air Just as Clark Kent can become Superman in a flash, these performers can turn into anyone or anything using only their bodies and voices. This type of performance is called physical theater and features:

    minimal costumes, sets, props, or lights

    actors playing multiple characters

    precise movements and great flexibility

    mime (communicating silently using expressions and body movements)

    collaboration (cooperation) among the performers to create and perform scenes and effects

    Truth, Justice, and the American PlayIn theater school, Theater Unspeakables founder Marc Frost was challenged to perform a big story in a small rectangular spacethink of creating a comic strip with humans! He also wanted to tell an American tale and incorporate his interest in trains. And who better to help Marc than Superman? This superhero began in comics and is more powerful than a locomotive. Plus, not having sets or props meant the performers could create any futuristic effects they could imagineand even new words, like floozle (an electronic tablet of the future).

    Speeding Bullet TrainsThe play imagines a future with high-speed trains linking the big cities in the middle of the United Statesthe fictional Metropolis as well as these

    real cities (look them up on a map): St. Louis, Missouri; Detroit,

    Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and the Twin Cities (Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota). High-speed or bullet trains can travel as fast as 220 miles per hour (mph). Although such trains exist today in many places like China and Europe, Americas fastest passenger train can reach 150 mph but averages only about 65 mph.

    Meet the CharactersFriends and foes from past Superman stories:

    Superman, the Man of Steel

    Clark Kent, Supermans everyday disguise as a journalist from Smallville, Kansas

    Lois Lane, journalist and Clarks/Supermans love interest

    Perry White, the editor-in-chief at The Daily Planet

    Jimmy Olsen, a young Daily Planet photographer

    Lex Luthor, Supermans archenemy

    Lana Lang, Clarks high school love interest

    New characters:Bipsy, Luthors girlfriend

    Mercy, Luthors competitor who gets brainwashed

    Plus reporters, passengers, students, corporate executives, and more

    A

    The only item or extra costume piece youll see is a pair of glasses worn only by Clark Kent.

    Lex Luthor tries to defeat Superman

    so he can achieve his evil ambitions.

  • BIG Storyon a Tiny Space

    Can you imagine seeing Superman 35 years from now? And his story told with nothing more than seven actors on a wooden platform 7 feet long and 3 feet wide (about the size of a sofa)? Well, hang on tight, because this Superman is ready to send your imagination soaring over tall buildings in a single bound.

    A Superman Story of the FutureWelcome to the city of Metropolis in 2050. But faster than you can say faster than a speeding bullet, theres trouble. Supervillain Lex Luthor has evil plans for the city and its high-speed train system. The Daily Planet newspapers star reporter Lois Lane is close to discovering what Luthor is up to, which puts her in great danger. The big question is: Can Superman save the day? A Beloved Superhero

    Americans first discovered Supermans story in a comic book in 1938. He came from another planet and was adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, who raised him as Clark Kent. Upon discovering his powersextraordinary strength and speed, plus he could fly!his parents inspired him to use his incredible gifts for good. And so the man with the blue suit, red cape, and super-sized red S on his chest became a beloved hero to the American people.

    Over the years, many artists have retold or adapted (changed) the story in books, comic books, cartoons, TV series, radio shows, and moviesespecially the 1978 hit Superman: The Movie. Supermans story was just the type of epic adventure the Superman 2050 performers wanted to tell in a new way.

    Creating Things Out of Thin Air Just as Clark Kent can become Superman in a flash, these performers can turn into anyone or anything using only their bodies and voices. This type of performance is called physical theater and features:

    minimal costumes, sets, props, or lights

    actors playing multiple characters

    precise movements and great flexibility

    mime (communicating silently using expressions and body movements)

    collaboration (cooperation) among the performers to create and perform scenes and effects

    Truth, Justice, and the American PlayIn theater school, Theater Unspeakables founder Marc Frost was challenged to perform a big story in a small rectangular spacethink of creating a comic strip with humans! He also wanted to tell an American tale and incorporate his interest in trains. And who better to help Marc than Superman? This superhero began in comics and is more powerful than a locomotive. Plus, not having set