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Theatre: Busted Jesus Comix

Written by David Johnston
Directed & designed by Prav Menon Johansson
Cast: Caitlin Birley, Henry Blake, Erin Hunter, Peter Halpin, Michael James-Cox, James Morrison-Corley, Rege Page

Busted Jesus Comix is based on the true life story of Mike Diana, a Tallahassee teenager who wrote a comic book that was ruled obscene by a Florida court and sentenced to three years probation and a $3000 fine. From this incident David Johnston has created ‘Marco’ a runaway teenager who recounts his troubled past to the manager of Dazzle Cups Diner, New York, in a series of flashbacks. This serio-comic play takes swipes at the religious right, homophobes and priggish community leaders. More…

Tickets: £12 (first week £9)
Where: Above The Stag Theatre, 15 Bressenden Place, London
When: November 3 to November 28, 2009

“American playwright and actor David Johnston has taken the notorious Florida trial and conviction of underground comix creator Mike Diana and reimagined it into this impressive, thought-provoking and powerfully emotional play…”
Paul Gravett - Read the full review here.

“Busted Jesus Comix is also a moving declaration of the power of understanding, acceptance and compassion”
New York Theatre Wire

“The play is often startlingly funny”
Washington City Paper


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