The Bard might have cornered the market on classic theater, but high schools looking for a modern twist to entice audiences will love the new Marvel Spotlight collection which features one-act plays focused on themes like responsibility and self-esteem using Marvel characters.

The initial installment of plays, which is published by Samuel French and can be licensed for school performances, will focus on three Marvel characters: Thor, Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel.

One of the plays, Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play, by Masi Asare is all about accepting one’s imperfections. Ms. Marvel’s true identity is Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City who struggles with fitting in. Asare told the New York Times, “It’s so exciting to see more and more of these kinds of stories show up in popular culture and on the stage, because when I was growing up they were few and hard to find.”

License fees for Marvel Spotlight plays are $75 per performance for one play or $125 per performance for two or more. Published copies of the plays are available for $9.95 each through Samuel French.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Samuel French

 

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