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Squirrel Girl Goes to College (and the Theater)! | Women of Marvel

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey, guys. Welcome back to the
Women of Marvel. I am Sana. And today we have
Karen Zacarias, award-winning
playwright, and one of the authors for our Marvel
Spotlight Plays Squirrel Girl. Welcome, Karen. We’re so happy to have you here. I’m so excited to be here.
Thank you. Why don’t you tell
people a little bit more about how you got your
start in playwriting? I got my start
in playwriting when I was 10 years old and moved
to this country from Mexico. Oh, nice. It became a tool
about how to navigate this new country and
all these new feelings that I was experiencing. So that’s how I
began playwriting. Yeah. And I think
dialogue writing is a natural form for
young people, anyway, to start telling stories. And I also grew up
with comic books. And they’re all dialogue–
– Oh, really? Yeah. Mostly dialogue-driven. So the idea of panels and
bubbles with words on top of your head was
a way of thinking that I had since I was young. The character that you wrote
for the Marvel Spotlight Plays that we’re doing is a
character named Squirrel Girl. And she’s actually all about
understanding other people. It kind of makes sense
that you wrote it, because I know your background.
KAREN ZACARIAS: Yeah. I love Squirrel Girl. She doesn’t back
down, but she’s also always looking for a solution. So I think she is
a really positive, warm, funny, disarming
feminist icon that we can all– everybody wants to be friends
with Squirrel Girl, I feel. Yeah. So I wish I’d had Squirrel
Girl when I was growing up. When I first read your play,
I was like, oh, this is amazing. It’s so sweet, heartwarming. But you really capture the
essence of what’s happening in the comics currently. The comics are
written by Ryan North and drawn by Erica Henderson. It’s really fantastic. You sort of took everything
that existed in the comics form and you had to translate
it into this play. What were the challenges of
really taking that adaptation? First of all, you need
to love your character. And I love Squirrel Girl. And I love Tippy-Toe. And the idea of Dr. Doom
coming up in the play was just so delightful to me. And then the other one was
coming up with villains that were worthy of Squirrel Girl. So doing the
research and talking to people about who should– who was a kind of hidden
villain that should come up, that should be in there. And my husband, who is a big,
big Marvel fan, he’s like, oh, it should be M.O.D.O.K.
And I’m like, M.O.D.O.K? And that was really fun to
have all of these appearances of other Marvel characters. What’s cool about that is that
now that these plays are going across the country
in high schools, you’re kind of arming young
people and young students with just like the
ideals and the principles of what it means to be like a
good friend and a good person. Yes, a hero, of course. Yes. But that’s why it’s
incredibly important we have those stories in the hands
of young people in particular. Absolutely. Thank you, Karen,
again for your time. For those of you
guys interested, visit MarvelSpotlightPlays.com
to learn all about the
incredible Marvel plays that we have coming out there. Otherwise, check
you guys next time. This is Marvel, your universe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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43 thoughts on “Squirrel Girl Goes to College (and the Theater)! | Women of Marvel

  1. Don't like the cover. Don't mind a large sized superhero but making that character Squirrel Girl is a very odd choice given she's not really presented as such, even with the more doofy looking Erica Henderson style she's not all that large and ogreish.

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