A security guard gains superhuman powers from a deadly source. Lightning! Thunder! Guitar! A comic book rock opera.
Daniel Plight, a security guard for Genoflex Pharmaceuticals has been mortally wounded while trying to apprehend petty thieves in a factory stockyard. Michelle Striker, the top scientist and researcher for Genoflex, runs to the crime scene. She reveals a glowing green syringe. She plunges the needle deep into his neck. Thunder! Lightning! Guitar!!! Our hero’s voice crackles with energy as he sings out: he is transforming into a superhuman being! And the concert is just beginning… Daniel and Michelle must work together to uncover the dark secrets hidden inside Genoflex, and discover the difference between feeling special and being special.
Our team includes specialists in music, film, writing/creation, community engagement and communication. We are united in a love of comic books and a desire to create a unique and fun new digital work.
A security guard on the graveyard shift, Daniel feels like a failure because he couldn't follow in his father's footsteps and become a cop. After trying to apprehend some petty thieves, he is stabbed through the heart. He is saved after being injected with a mysterious glowing serum and begins to develop incredible abilities... which turns out to be the worst thing that could have happened to him. Now, to save the world, Daniel must learn the difference between feeling special, and being special.
Project lead on the Genoflex Research and Weapons division. He seems to have some sort of strange influence over those who work for him, and a penchant for forcing Daniel to undergo horrific and painful procedures.
Daniel's late father. A former supercop, a Marlboro man gone sour. Al haunts Daniel's memories and his nightmares. Nothing Daniel can do will be good enough for Al.
A brilliant scientist for Genoflex Industries, Michelle saves Daniel by injecting him with mysterious glowing serum she designed. With a terrible secret, and hidden abilities of her own, Michelle is obliged to help Daniel navigate his new powers... after all, she never expected him to actually survive.
Lighting will play an important role in establishing mood, character, and context for each scene. We plan to paint with striking colours, with high contrast and minimal background set dressings.
The contrast between light and dark will be high. Each scene will be framed like a comic book panel, with key elements highly illuminated... and everything else in black.
This is a superhero fantasy story, and we aren't shying away from the supernatural elements of our story. We will use a variety of methods to showcase our series as being pulled from the pages of a comic book. Episodes will include thrilling scenes of hand-to-hand combat as our characters discover and investigate their heightened, superhuman abilities.
PLIGHT is a rock opera. Each episode will feature original rock songs written by award winning composer, Adrian Ellis, sung by the characters. Story arcs are told throughout the series by musical themes as well as words and lyrics. The pilot episode is set to feature three new songs.
Jay Bardyla and Happy Harbor Comics has been supporting this project in its various incarnations for the past decade. Happy Harbor Comics has long been recognized as one of Edmonton's best comic stores, with a vibrant, active, creative community. Happy Harbor will be integral to promoting PLIGHT to new audiences outside of the STORYHIVE community.
The principals of Plight have both been heavily involved in creating the world of another STORYHIVE project - Necessary Evil - and hope to introduce that audience to this rock opera odyssey.
The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is the largest and oldest fringe festival in North America, with a dedicated audience of festival-goers every summer. Previous versions of PLIGHT have been produced at the Edmonton Fringe in 2007 and 2012. We intend to connect once again with fans from previous productions, and seek support from regular fringe play-goers as a festival success story!