‘King Kirby’ play opens Thursday at Red Barn Studio Theatre
WILMIGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina premiere of a play about the life and times of legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby will take place Thursday in Wilmington.
Kirby helped create some iconic comic book heroes like Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four and many others.
Rehearsals for the play began back in February.
Cast and crew have been working to put the finishing touches on the set at Red Barn Studio Theatre before opening night.
“King Kirby” Director Blake Howard said fans of superheroes, comic books and art should come check out the play, which shines a light on the relationship between Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.
“While Stan kind of made a career out of marketing himself, Jack Kirby didn’t really do that, and his story is largely untold,” Howard said.
The play was written by Fred Van Lente and Crystal Skillman and was first produced at the Brick Theater in New York.
“It’s an interesting sort of side step for our production company, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, given that we’re primarily a sketch comedy and improve comedy troupe,” Howard said. “And this play, while it has its funny moments, I would classify it more as a serious drama.”
Thursday night’s opening night performance starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Red Barn Studio Theatre in Wilmington.
Tickets for opening night are just $15.