Kate Tarker’s Thunderbodies Begins at Soho Rep. October 16 | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Kate Tarker’s Thunderbodies Begins at Soho Rep. October 16
Lileana Blain-Cruz directs the world premiere, which kicks off Soho Rep.'s new season.
Kate Tarker Marc J. Franklin

Soho Rep. kicks off its 2018–2019 season with Kate Tarker’s war comedy Thunderbodies, a play described as a "grotesquely hilarious depiction of an America through the looking glass." Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, the world premiere begins October 16 for a limited run scheduled through November 18.

In Thunderbodies, it’s springtime in America and the war is finally over. Grotilde has completed her life’s work of losing the last 10 pounds, General Michail has proposed, and the President is up to her new tricks. So what if the weather is a little strange and the last soldier won’t come home?

The cast is made up of Deirdre O’Connell (Terminus, Fulfillment Center) as Grotilde, Juan Carlos Hernandez (Wait Until Dark, Tell Hector I Miss Him) as General Michail Itterod, Mia Katigbak (Henry VI, Scenes From a Marriage) as President, Monique St. Cyr (Julius Caesar, ms. estrada) as girl, and Matthew Jeffers (Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, The Mysteries) as boy.

The creative team for Thunderbodies includes Matt Saunders (scenic designer), Oana Botez (costume designer), Yi Zhao (lighting designer), Chad Raines (sound designer), Thomas Schall (fight director), Ryan Courtney (props), Emely Zepeda (production stage manager), and Bonnie McHeffey (assistant stage manager).

Tarker is the recipient of the 2017 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and has also been recognized as a finalist for the Princess Grace Award and as a semi-finalist for the Relentless Award. Other plays include Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man; God is Dead, Let’s Make Love; and Laura and the Sea.

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