Triassic Parq is the Jurassic Park musical narrative you didn’t know you needed

“Triassic Parq” was originally written and directed by Marshall Pailet, with lyrics and book (it’s a musical theater speech for “script”) by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo. I first encountered the show in 2015, when the Blank Canvas Theater in Cleveland, Ohio put on a production. BCT has a solid reputation for pursuing shows that most theaters would be too terrified to tackle, like “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Cannibal!” The Musical” and “Quiet! The Musical”, a musical riff on “Silence of the Lambs”. in which I proudly played Catherine Martin deep in Buffalo Bill’s basement hole. For “Triassic Parq” I knew nothing but the fact that the show was a play on “Jurassic Park “, and when I saw there was an option to buy tickets for a midnight performance, I thought I knew what to expect.

“Jurassic Park” would also be an incredible dismantling of gender roles and an incredible affirmation of transgender identities. Let’s not forget that the reason the “Jurassic Park” dinosaurs are able to thrive in the wild is because of frog DNA used to fill in their genetic sequencing gaps, allowing them to change gender in an environment. unisex and so to breed. “Triassic Parq” made this fact the beating heart of the whole story, even going so far as to paint the T-Rex not as a gruesome monster, but as a misunderstood and tragic figure similar to Angela Baker in “Sleepaway Camp”. “. Dinosaurs are emotionally damaged and don’t intentionally try to be violent, they just have really big feelings with nowhere to put them, and they crave answers to questions they’ll never get.