Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly

SUPER, OR, HOW CLARK GRAVES LEARNED TO FLY is about the shrinking of the middle class as seen through the eyes of a typical American Family –The Graves. Father Samuel has lost his once thriving construction business, forcing the family to downsize significantly. Each member is coping with their personal loss of power differently; Mother Mary is addicted to scratch-off lotto tickets, sister Dot cannot stop...
SUPER, OR, HOW CLARK GRAVES LEARNED TO FLY is about the shrinking of the middle class as seen through the eyes of a typical American Family –The Graves. Father Samuel has lost his once thriving construction business, forcing the family to downsize significantly. Each member is coping with their personal loss of power differently; Mother Mary is addicted to scratch-off lotto tickets, sister Dot cannot stop picking her skin, Father Samuel has gotten mean and Clark –well, Clark is trying to be everyone’s hero, including his new girlfriend, Laney.

When Laney’s dreams of running away begin to seem like they’ll become a reality, Clark must choose between his family and his chance at happiness. Intercut with scenes from Clark’s comic book world, Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly explores the increasing hunger crisis as it spreads across America, asking the questions How do we learn to Fly? and What does it really mean to be Super?
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Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly

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  • Rachael Carnes:
    15 Nov. 2018
    This play is just gorgeous. Wow. Love how Femia defines and builds these characters with nuance and flaws and lets them stumble and shine. Love how we move in and out of a colorful comic book language and into something that feels hyper realistic, a reminder that we’re all leaping tall buildings in a single bound... just to get through life. This play would be a delight to see staged, with wonderful opportunities for actors and designers alike.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    19 Sep. 2017
    An emotional journey about the power the imagination has to help us cope with our lives. I especially love how this play doesn't spoon feed details to their audience but just asks them to sit with this family for a brief time and wrestle with the choices they make. In this play, no one is 100% a hero or 100% a villain. Just like how life works.
  • Mike Mecek:
    23 Sep. 2016
    What a wonderful play! SUPER, OR HOW CLARK GRAVES LEARNED TO FLY is a very sweet and heartfelt story which captures the magic of a young person's imagination, exploring the many hardships of being young, confused, and helpless. Not only do we see Clark's perspective on love, sacrifice, violence, loneliness, and happiness, we also get a window into his family's personal experience with being part of the poor and hungry working class. I highly recommend reading it!

Development History

  • Reading
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    Fractal Productions
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    2017
  • Reading
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    Playhouse on Park
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    2016
  • Reading
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    March Forth Productions
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    2015
  • Reading
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    Virginia Stage Company
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    2015
  • Reading
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    New Georges
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Hub-Bub, New Plays Exchange
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    2014
  • Reading
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    Samuel French
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    2013

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Gulfshore Playhouse
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2016
Finalist
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Trustus Theatre
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2015
Finalist
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Theatricum Botanicum
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2015
Finalist
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NEWvember
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2015
Semi-Finalist
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Summer Playwrights' Conference
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The O'Neill
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2014
Semi-Finalist
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The Princess Grace Award
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2014