The Daydream Theatre Company and Theaterlab NYC have officially announced Ditko, a new stage play celebrating the life and times of late comic book artist Steve Ditko, who is perhaps best known for co-creating Marvel Comics' Spider-Man.
Arriving in The Big Apple just in time for this year's New York Comic Con, Ditko is written and directed by Lenny Schwartz. Per the play's official description, Ditko "tells the story of Steve Ditko, a comic book illustrator virtually forgotten by the masses, but celebrated by comic book fans everywhere."
Steve Ditko was undeniably instrumental to Marvel's early success. During his time at the House of Ideas, the artist collaborated with legendary writer Stan Lee to co-create the now-world famous Spider-Man, as well as the mystical Doctor Strange. Ditko also played a major role at DC Comics during the silver age, co-creating Hawk and Dove, Captain Atom and the Creeper; as well as being credited as the sole creator of The Question, Shade, the Changing Man and the Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle.
However, despite being such a prolific creator, Ditko was never one for the spotlight, more often than not declining give interviews or make public appearances. This has resulted in him not being as much of a household name as some of his contemporaries. Ditko passed away ca. June 29, 2018 at the age of 90. Now, Schwartz's play appears determined to assure the artist's journey through the comics industry is told.
Written and directed by Lenny Schwartz, Ditko is produced by the Daydream Theatre Company and Theaterlab NYC. The cast includes Derek Laurendeau, Geoff White, Emily Lamarre, Samantha Acampora, Nick Tvaroha, Dave Almeida, Christopher Ferreira, Mindy Britto, Jonah Coppolelli, Timothy DeLisle and Anne Wareham Bowman, with a cameo by Bob Wiacek.
The play will be performed on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Theaterlab, which is located at 357 W 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 on the third floor. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Ovationtix.com for $15. Tickets will cost $20 at the door.