"Anna Capunay has written a show that has nothing but warmth for the characters inhabiting it, filled with moments of laughter, moments that are genuinely moving, and moments radiating second-hand embarrassment in the best and most effective way." -Callie Stribling, Outerstage
COWL GIRL by Anna Capunay is a queer superhero rom-com centering around themes such as chosen family, grief, mental illness, agoraphobia, queerness, and geek/cosplay subculture. The play was originally developed by Dramatic Question Theatre in NYC 2013 and was turned into a web series pilot in 2014 in Chicago by Carlos Lorenzo Garcia and Aric Jackson which you can view here. In 2022, UB resurrected the piece and workshopped it at LIU Brooklyn. In 2023, COWL GIRL finally landed Off-Broadway at Players Theatre to positive reviews for three weeks.
Synopsis: Cowl Girl always wears a Batman cowl, masking herself from the outside world. Will her friend, Jason and the intriguing nephew of her arch-enemy, Alex, be able to get her to break out of her shell? If you like 80's pop culture, Pee-wee Herman, sci-fi, and comic book heroes, then this is the show for you! This is a love letter to kids who grew up in the 80's and remember what real cartoons, music, and super heroes were like back in the day.
Photos from Midtown Comics promotional photoshoot in July 2023 (photo credit: Jonaya Riley) and photos from the 2022 workshop at LIU Brooklyn were provided by Shon Rabinowitz.
Written and Produced by Anna Capunay
Directed and Designed by Sean Pollock
General Management by Anna Marcus-Hecht
Stage Management and Assistant Direction by Gregory Lipson
Assistant Stage Management/Puppeteering by Ella Lloyd
Marketing by Nick Turturro
Lighting Design by Bruce A! Kramer
Puppetry Design by Dan Jones
Co-Costume Designed by Yessenia Rivas
Assistant Scenic Design provided by Danis Zhang
Intimacy Coordination by Katlyn Shaw
Fight Choreography by Meron Langsner
Principal Photography and Additional Graphic design by Jonaya Riley
Azende Johnson, Mike Pollock, lilith ma, and Yessenia Rivas as Cowl Girl. Covers include: RoseAnn Rabut, RJ Christian, & Roy Koshy.
Players Theatre Off-Broadway (August 2023).
LIU Brooklyn (workshop, 2022).