Lookie here! As an update on the last Agnes post, which was graced with the presence of Jaime Lee Currier, the actress portraying the Heir of Conan herself, an anonymous tipster pointed out a post on SFChronicle.
Jason Harding's new play, "Agnes the Barbarian," has caught the eye of Robert E. Howard fans who are concerned that the piece will be another bad parody of the sword and sorcery genre.
Harding assures them that it's not. He says he's a huge fan of the genre and stands by the theory that "you can't do a successful satire unless you love the thing you're making fun of."
This is pretty much what Jason said to me in his email, however, he extrapolates further on his inspiration for the play here:
Harding came up with the idea for the play after watching the 1982 "Conan the Barbarian" film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He began wondering why Conan would be so troubled after winning the kingdom of Aquilonia.
Well, Harding thought, it's probably because he's having trouble with his kids. Naturally.
"This is not a play I would have written before I had children," said Harding, who has two daughters, both 11, and a son, 16. "It's basically using the fantasy world to dramatize an interpersonal family drama between Conan and his daughter."
Thus, "Agnes the Barbarian" was born.
That explains quite a lot... Ah, writers.
Agnes is a bookworm who hates wearing skimpy clothing. She'd rather talk through arguments than win them with her fists. Her favorite place is the Aquilonia library, which her father has threatened to burn down.