|Lauren English (The Girl) and John Riedlinger (The Guy) in Carson Kreitzer's Lasso of Truth. |
Growing up in upstate New York, playwright Carson Kreitzer wasn't allowed to watch much TV, but her mom made an exception for Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, and Kreitzer loved seeing a strong, compassionate woman helping others rather than waiting to be rescued. While doing research on lie detectors for another play she was involved in, she found out that the man who had invented the precursor to that machine, psychologist William Moulton Marston, had also been the created her childhood heroine with her lasso of truth. She also learned about his unconventional lifestyle -- he had lived with both a wife and a research assistant, had children with both, and was interested in bondage. Suddenly Wonder Woman's bullet-deflecting cuffs, boots and bustier took on a whole different meaning.
Kreitzer was upset thinking that Wonder Woman was just another male sexual fantasy and started looking into Wonder Woman's creator and the women she was based on. That led her to write "Lasso of Truth," which is premiering at the Marin Theatre Company before going on to Georgia and Missouri.
In the play, we see the stories of the Inventor, the Wife and the Amazon (with the help of comic panels on the walls) as well as the contemporary story of the Girl, who wants the original Wonder Woman comic and the Guy, who works in a comic book store and owns that comic. Kreitzer talked to SF Weekly about the importance of heroes with kindness as well as power, unconventional views moving society forward, and how little boys as well as little girls needing strong women to look up to.More »