Flying V to restage ‘Astro Boy and The God of Comics’ by Natsu Onoda Power

The manga and pop culture icon returns to DC this fall, 12 years after the retro-futuristic show was first produced at Studio Theatre.

Flying V takes the stage this fall with Astro Boy and The God of Comics by Natsu Onoda Power!

Astro Boy and The God of Comics runs from October 19 – November 3, 2024, at the Silver
Spring Black Box Theatre at 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Preview
performances begin October 16.

Join Flying V and take to the stars with manga & pop culture icon ASTRO BOY and his creator, Osamu Tezuka – the “Father of Manga.” This exciting, retro-futuristic race against time asks the audience to consider, what’s the human cost of creation? Rocket through all ten “episodes” of this explosive and emotional story in a single performance every night.

“You don’t have to be a manga maniac or a devotee of anime to enjoy Astro Boy and the God of Comics. What Power has done with this little show is tell the unique yet universal story of an artist and his obsession by yanking you into his work and his world, using every theatrical trick in the book. What a way to travel.”
– Jane Horwitz, Review of “Astro Boy and the God of Comics” written and directed by
Natsu Onoda Power, Washingtonian, 27 February 2012.

Flying V is offering 112 $20 tickets to the opening weekend! This POW!! Deal is an homage to the 112 chapters that make up the AstroBoy comics, and those tickets are on sale now. General Admission tickets go on sale on May 1.

Kelly Colburn and Joey Ibanez will serve as co-showrunners on the project. “We’re thrilled to bring AstroBoy and the God of Comics back to the DMV after nearly twelve years,” Colburn says. “AstroBoy is the perfect mainstage for this year’s theme ANIMATE REALITY. The show will be a blend of puppetry, live drawing, and multimedia in colorful and imaginative ways that you’ve come to expect from Flying V. We are so lucky to be the company to tap into the community’s nostalgia around this beautifully innovative and creative piece, created by DC’s finest – Natsu Onoda Power.”

Natsu Onoda Power

Natsu Onoda Power specializes in adaptation of non-dramatic literature into new works of
visual theater. Original works include Thumbelina (Imagination Stage), The Lathe of Heaven (Spooky Action Theater, Helen Hayes Awards for Best New Adaptation and Best Scenic Design), The T Party (writer/ director, Forum Theatre/ Company One), Astro Boy and the God of Comics (writer/ director, The Studio Theatre; Company One Theatre; Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production Design). Favorite directing credits for existing plays include Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone (The Studio Theater), David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face (Theater J) and Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake (Baltimore Center Stage), and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’s lost play The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. Her set design has been seen at Company One, Imagination Stage, Forum Theatre, Synetic Theatre, and Childsplay (AZ), among others. Natsu holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and is the author of God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post World War II Manga (The University Press of Mississippi, 2009).

ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS is produced by special arrangement with BRET
ADAMS, LTD., 448 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Astro Boy and the God of Comics was first produced at the Studio Theatre; an earlier version of the play was developed by Live Action Cartoonists.


Purchase tickets for Astro Boy and The God of Comics here.

Previews October 16 – 18, 2024
POW!! Deal runs October 19 – 20
Opens October 19, and runs through November 3, 2024

Silver Spring Black Box
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The location and the event are wheelchair accessible.
Bright lights and loud music are present throughout the experience.

Flying V is a performing arts nonprofit in Montgomery County, Maryland creating nerd and pop culture infused performances. They are known for larger-than-life moments on small stages, and immersive worldbuilding that connects audiences, regardless of medium, with the stories they tell as well as each other.


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