Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck Comes to Audio

Hot on the heels of IDW’s successful re-launch, Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta’s science fiction classic comes to the world of audio theatre as the AudioComics Company announces its debut production: Starstruck. The audio adaptation of the original off-Broadway production, adapted for the medium of audio by co-creator Elaine Lee, and directed by AudioComics co-founder William Dufris, will record at The Studio in Portland, ME May 7 – 9 for a fall release on compact disc and pay-per-MP3 download, and for airings on selected radio stations in the United States.

The basis for the comic book series, Starstruck was first presented off-Broadway in 1980, and again in 1983. In a far-flung and very alternative future, Captain Galatia 9 and the crew of the Harpy are on a mission for the United Federation of Female Freedom Fighters. When the Harpy runs into a living ship inhabited by a team of galactic evildoers, including Galatia’s insidious sister Verloona Ti, the outcome of the battle may well decide the fate of the free universe. Often hilarious, always surprising, Starstruck is a spine-tingling joy-ride to the far side of the spiral arm!

The off-Broadway production received a special audio-drama style reading at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA in August of 2009 with funds raised benefitting comic book legend Gene Colan. Using the rough recording of the reading as a guideline, Lee and the AudioComics Company worked out the changes necessary for the piece to work for the aural medium. Ms. Lee will be AudioComics’ guest for the week, attending both rehearsals and voice-over sessions. The post-production will also employ Dwight Dixon’s re-recorded music from the original 1980’s productions.

This only marks the tip of the iceberg for Galatia, Bru the Muscle, Erotica Ann, Verloona, and the House of Bajar: in addition to a deluxe trade paperback of the IDW series and a new production of the play in Florida, Elaine Lee will begin work with the AudioComics Company in 2011 on two spin-off Starstruck audio theatre series: a world-premiere “prequel” series, the stories of which take place between the events of the comics and the play, and an all-ages series of short audio plays featuring the Galactic Girl Guides.

The suggested retail price (SRP) for the forthcoming two-disc CD of Starstruck is $22.95, and $12.95 for pay-per-MP3 download. Starstruck will also be available through iTunes.

About AudioComics: Under the direction of Producers Lance Roger Axt, William Dufris, and Dan Bernard, AudioComics provides superior audio entertainment with its professional full-cast audio theatre adaptations of licensed and original properties from the world of comic books, graphic novels, and more. AudioComics productions of classic, contemporary and world premiere properties will reach new audiences far beyond readers and comic book fans through the universally popular entertainment medium of multi-track recorded sound and music on CD and in downloadable form, accessible in today’s market with today’s sound.


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