September 27, 2005
Kenzer & Company has entered into an agreement with theater producers David Levin of Clarence Productions and David Elliot of The Perry Street Theatre in New York to bring the Knights of the Dinner Table (KODT) characters to the live stage! This is not just a live reading of KODT strips. It will be a play with actors portraying the characters.
David Levin is a writer and director of short films and commercials working mostly in comedy and he is the one who came across KODT on a shelf at his local game and comic shop. David Elliot is a theatre producer and director working mostly off-broadway and he is the one who heartily agreed that KODT is one of the funniest damn things he has ever seen. Both Davids have, of course, also been avid gamers since they were kids back in the late 1970’s.
KODT creator Jolly R. Blackburn had this to say on the agreement, “We were working on a deal with the muppets but Kermit was holding out for too much money so it fell through. It’s a shame, I think Piggy would have played a great Sara.”
Knights of the Dinner Table is the longest running gaming comic in history. Coming out every month, it has won numerous awards for outstanding achievement as a periodical and spun off the HackMaster roleplaying game that went on to win the Game of the Year award. It has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Portugese and even Canadian!
The producers are targeting a late Winter or an early Spring 2006 initial run of six weeks in New York City. The plan is to provide a serialized story of about 45 minutes to an hour that will be different each week of the play’s engagement. Look to www.kenzerco.com for more details as they develop. Knights of the Dinner Table and HackMaster are registered trademarks of Kenzer & Company. Ó 2005. All Rights Reserved.
I thought the above was some sort of gag at first, but it's sitting there on the kenzerco site and apparently has been for a while by the date. It sounds like flop central all around, quite frankly. There are a lot of KoDT fans and everything, but converting it into an off-broadway play just sounds a bit ridiculous. I'm curious if the fans who could attending would even find out about it in time, since I only stumbled over it by visiting the website and wondering where the heck issue #109 (the one for november) was. It seems that the production schedule is running a bit behind.
I can't help but think that maybe this whole play thing is happening because someone needed a money loser as a tax write-off or had some Producers-like plot in mind. Overall, it's something I wouldn't mind taking a look at if I can. I get the impression it might become one of those Moments in Geekdom that you end up relating as an annecdote for years to come. Hey, maybe there will even be some unique swag given out at the event. That would be sorta spiffy.