Marblehead, Massachusetts: Underwords Press, 2014; $24.95 tpb; 470 pages
Geek Theater cleverly inverts the campus put-down of drama students to christen a theatrical movement. According to editors Jen Gunnels (on staff here at the New York Review of Science Fiction) and Erin Underwood, science fiction and fantasy have proliferated onstage over the last decade. Their goal in compiling Geek Theater, it seems, is to bring together a diaspora of theater artists and sf/f writers into a loose community.
The freshness of the contents supports the editors’ assertion that geek theater is a contemporary phenomenon. If anything, it suggests they’re underplaying the trend’s vitality, as the fifteen scripts in Geek Theater are of remarkably recent vintage. A majority were given full productions, staged readings, or festival premieres in 2013 or 2014; the oldest (John Kessel’s Faustfeathers) is an outlier from 1994.