STEVE DITKO's Life & Comics Acted Out in Upcoming Stage Play

Credit: Daydream Theater Company
Credit: Daydream Theater Company

A stage play based on the life of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko is scheduled to debut in early November. Ditko, written and directed by Lenny Schwartz, examines Ditko's deep devotion to Ayn Rand's philosophies and how it impacted his life and his work.

"Ditko tells the story of Steve Ditko, a comic book illustrator virtually forgotten by the masses, but celebrated by comic book fans everywhere," reads the description. "Chronicling his rise in the comic book industry, Dtiko is instrumental in Marvel’s success by co-creating two of comics most iconic characters, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange and several of DC’s silver age icons, Hawk and Dove, Shade the Changing Man, and the Creeper.  Ditko also worked for virtually every other publisher of note including Warren, Charlton, Pacific, and Eclipse, co-creating other iconic characters like Mr. A, the Question and Blue Beetle."

The title role is scheduled to be played by Derek Laurendau, with additional cast to include Geoff White (Stan Lee), Dave Almeida (Jack Kirby), Michael Capalbo (Jerry Robinson), Christopher Ferreira (Dick Giordano), Mindy Britto (Flo Steinberg), and Anne Wareham Bowman (Ayn Rand).

Ditko is scheduled to run November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at the RISE Playhouse in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. For tickets and more information, visit

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