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A Serio-Comedy stageplay in one act.  An Academy for Super Heroes with a twist at the end!
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Given 2014-03-17
The Academy of Super Heroes by TOMCAVANAUGH is, as the suggester says, a clever pastiche of the superhero genre that moves on to a striking, poignant close. ( Suggested by bookloverblue and Featured by neurotype )
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I found this via :iconhouse-of-playwrights:.

I was initially drawn to this because my own ongoing script project explores the lives of superVILLAINS and their minions (a mask is mandatory for most of my creations, rather like the cape here), so I was curious to see another writer's take of the same genre / the opposite side of the coin.

The relationship between Captain Cosmic and Evelyn/Cosmic Woman was very intriguing - it's not every day that you see superheroes having a domestic argument. There were interesting parallels made between being a hero and being famous - being tempted by beautiful women, etc. Evelyn seemed symbolic of a scenario that is unfortunately faced by several women - the struggle between domestic life and career. However, the fact that the career in question is more dangerous and unusual than most livened up the topic.

As for The Magician and Balloon Boy, I liked the mentoring scene very much. It was "slapsticky" and amusing, but also very heartwarming. The discussion of self-confidence was also effective in light of the ending. Balloon Boy's backstory jumped out at me because of how everyday and relateable it was. He wasn't transformed by radiation or some other extreme means, like many superheroes are - his experience has sadly been undergone by many people. To me, this made him very human indeed, but that said, all of the characters had a strong sense of realness.

And the ending? It was stark and unexpected, but powerful and moving.

I've giving this top marks because I honestly can't find fault with it. The idea is great, the piece itself is wonderful, and the format and grammar are excellent.
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Writer
UPDATE on this piece... well IT'S GETTING PRODUCED!!!!  5 shows in the Pittsburgh New Works Theater Festival.... click here to read more
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AND... THANK YOU!!!!!
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Samael391 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... Even with a warning, I didn't see that ending coming... I'd love to see this performed.
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Writer
AWESOME!  Thanks for reading!  I've been submitting it to competitions and festivals... I'm hoping someone takes it on!!!!
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ARIrish Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Hrm, apparently I lack PDF support in my browser and can't read this. Any way you can make it available for download; I'd love to read it.
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Writer
You can DL it now..... THANKS for the read!!!!
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HeyImNatalia Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Gah, same here!
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Writer
You can DL it now… missed that when I posted… Thanks!!!
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HeyImNatalia Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Ah, thank you!
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Writer
THANK YOU!!!! I really appreciate your read and your comment!!!!
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Trolls-and-Oboes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, look, the VAPA tower!
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
;) yep
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Trolls-and-Oboes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:-)
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Zeaphra247 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
That was a real twist ending. Kudos! I would love to see this performed.
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
THANK YOU!!!  I'm trying... I just started submitting it to competitions and festivals... hopefully soon!
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paulwellerfan79 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Awesome job on this DD!!!  I should use my sprites for this one!!!  Thanks so much for sharing this!!  :heart:  Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  :shamrock:
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
THANK YOU!  HAPPY ST PATS DAY TO YOU TOO!  Get some GREEN BEER!!! Shake ittttt clover :clover: last rain drop Not so lucky Stamp 3 
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you so much!!!  I really appreciate it!
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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AutisticArtHC Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, sir. I noticed your screenplay in the Daily Deviations (congratulations, by the way). I am a 16-year-old amateur filmmaker with Asperger's Syndrome (nothing serious, I assure you). I was wondering if you would approve of me making this into an actual short film. All credit will go to you if it is made. I understand if you don't want it to be made, I'm just asking. Thank you for your time and have a nice day. :)
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
THANK YOU!!!  Please check your inbox!
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! :D
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you so much!!!  I really appreciate it!
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. ;)
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JeffreyRebowlski Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Freud would have a lot to say about Evelyn's predicament. 

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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Writer
LOL… precisely!
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cas42 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I have to say, I enjoyed the beginning when the feel of this was a zany comedy. As I approached the middle, I was was going to comment about how it seemed to have lost some of it's steam, humor wise.

and then I got to the big reveal at the end and it all made sense... Wow! :o That was quite the twist. It hit me like a punch to the gut with the recognition of the truth behind the school there. Rod Serling would be proud.

Nicely written.

-Cas
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TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Writer
AWESOME!!!! Thank you!!!! I was hoping that worked!!!!  I really appreciate you reading and commenting!
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