What is Steampunk?

By John Weagly

When I started writing CLOCKWORK ADORATION (which I consider an evening of short, interconnected Steampunk plays) I didn’t know what Steampunk was.  And now, three years later, the classification is still a little muddy to me.

From what I can piece together, Steampunk is a genre that originated in the 1980’s, but can be traced back to the early-70’s (or, really, as far back as the late-1800’s).  It combines elements of science fiction, alternate history, fantasy and horror.  Most often, it takes place in a setting where steam power is commonly used (Victorian England, the old west, etc.), but it can just as easily take place in the present, the future, on another planet or in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Some shorter answers as to what Steampunk is:

“It’s sort of Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans.” – Caitlin Kittredge Continue reading

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By John Weagly

We got together last night (Sunday 10/7) for the first read-thru of CLOCKWORK ADORATION.

We met at the Infusion Theatre Company office, which is on the same floor as several dentists (sounds like a good name for a mad scientist – Dr. Infusion, D.D.S.)

It looks like this show is going to come together quite nicely. Continue reading

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Evolution of Anachronisms – How CLOCKWORK ADORATION Came To Be

By John Weagly

To tell the tale of how I assembled CLOCKWORK ADORATION, we have to go back to autumn of 2009.  There was a Steampunk convention taking place in Cleveland, Georgia, and they were looking for 10-minute Steampunk plays.  I knew next to nothing about Steampunk (a sub-genre of science fiction), but my goal as a playwright is to have a play produced in each of the 50 states (I’m up to 23).  I’d never had a play produced in Georgia, so I figured out what some of the elements of Steampunk were and wrote a play about dirigibles, romance and mechanical men.

They didn’t accept it. Continue reading

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InFusion Announces NPDW5

InFusion Theatre Company is proud to announce its fifth annual New Play Development Workshop (NPDW5).

Each year, InFusion company members select four scripts for development, giving each playwright the option of being matched with a director, dramaturg, cast, rehearsal space and anything else they need during the month-long workshop. Over the course of five to ten workshop sessions through August and September, the playwright works with the aid of these collaborators and resources to develop his or her script.

Please join us for the workshop’s culmination: a public performance of scenes from four brand-new plays.

Monday, October 29, at 7:30pm
Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater Center
Downstairs Mainstage
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Pay what you can!

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