Center Stage Series: 'The Intergalactic Nemesis' at Luther College Sept. 13

Luther College invites you to open the 2014-15 Center Stage Series season not only with a bang, but with a "BAM," a "ZOOM" and a "PEW PEW PEW" as the live-action graphic novel "The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth" makes its landing on the Luther campus.

"The Intergalactic Nemesis" is the season opener of Luther College's Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 13, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or boxoffice@luther.edu, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-
7 p.m.

Performers will host a "Behind the Intergalactic Scenes" workshop at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The workshop is open to the public with no charge for admission

In the style of classic science-fiction radio plays, "The Intergalactic Nemesis" combines more than 1,250 individual, full-color, high-resolution comic book panels with three actors voicing dozens of characters, a pianist playing a cinematic score and a Foley artist creating innumerable sound effects. This combination tells a hilarious science fiction adventure story on a huge screen, live in front of the audience.

The year is 1933. The setting is Earth and one of its inhabitants, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan is always looking for the next big story. Along with her assistant Timmy Mendez, Sloan follows a lead to the Carpathian Mountains. Right as they are about to get the scoop on mysterious beasts in the area, their informant is assassinated.

Fleeing with the help of Flagstaff-based librarian Ben Wilcott, the trio begins a whirlwind journey around the planet in search of answers. Their quest reveals a trove of new information and even takes them beyond the bounds of their humble planet, but when the trio are caught in a war between acidic aliens and deadly robots, will they ever be able to share their story with the people of Earth? Will they be able to return to Earth at all?

Written and directed by Jason Neulander, this highly polished multimedia performance is a unique and immersive spectacle for all audiences.

The performance kicks off this fall's Banned Books events in Decorah. Nationally, Banned Books week, Sept. 21-27, is focusing on graphic novels, so starting the local recognition and celebration with this performance of the live-action graphic novel "The Intergalactic Nemesis" is a perfect fit.

"The Intergalactic Nemesis" has been featured on NPR, PBS, Conan O'Brien, the Wall Street Journal and dozens of other outlets. The New York Post called its limited run on Broadway "Great fun! [A] happily retro multimedia extravaganza," the Cleveland Examiner describes it as "pure theater magic," and The Austinist recommends it as "totally nuts and a ton of fun… Do not miss it."