Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play (Marvel Spotlight)
by Masi Asare
Short Play, Drama / 4m, 8f, 10 any gender
- Minimum Fee: $75 / performance of one (1) Marvel Spotlight play$125 / performance of two (2) or more Marvel Spotlight plays
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 45-50 minutes
- Setting: Kamala’s bedroom; the streets of Jersey City; a physics classroom and a hallway at Coles Academic High School
- Additional Features: Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
Casting4m, 8f, 10 any gender
KAMALA KHAN – a.k.a. Ms. Marvel. Female identifying.
NAKIA BAHADIR – Kamala’s best friend. Female identifying.
BRUNO CARRELLI – Kamala’s other best friend and sometime crush. Male identifying.
GABE HILLMAN – Bruno’s friend, the smooth guy. Male identifying.
ZOE ZIMMER – Kamala’s kinda snotty classmate. Female identifying.
JOSH RICHARDSON – Zoe’s boyfriend, the jock. Male identifying.
LEE – Josh’s friend. Male identifying.
ALEX – Josh’s friend. Any gender.
MICHAELA “MIKE” GUTIERREZ – Bruno’s girlfriend, the new girl. Female identifying.
FANGIRL – Female identifying.
AMMI – Kamala’s mother. Female identifying.
MS. NORRIS – Physics teacher. Female identifying.
THE FAN FIC CHARACTERS
FAN FIC MS. MARVEL I, II, & III – Played in three different scenes by three different actors. Any gender.
BADDIES – REESE & FLYNN. Any gender.
DELI WORKER – Any gender.
CAT BURGLAR – Any gender.
REPORTER (1-2) – Any gender.
THIEF – Any gender.
FAN FIC ENSEMBLE
THE SUPER HEROES
CAPTAIN MARVEL – Female identifying.
IRON MAN – Doubled by the actor playing JOSH. Male identifying.
BLACK WIDOW – Doubled by the actor playing ZOE. Female identifying.
DOCTOR STRANGE – Doubled by the actor playing LEE. Male identifying.
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Roles for Teens
- Flexible casting
- Multicultural casting
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Marvel Spotlight aims to create compelling plays with teenage protagonists who tackle real-world problems in a diverse society. Licensees are encouraged to approach casting in a way that values equal representation and inclusion while promoting conversation and respect. For those characters marked as “any gender,” the costuming of the character should reflect the gender identity of the performer.
Every effort should be made so that KAMALA and AMMI, who are Pakistani American in this play and in the comics, are played by performers of color. For AMMI in particular, it’s important that she not become a caricature. If the actor and director are not familiar with a South Asian accent, the role should be performed without any attempt at an “authentic” accent; the important thing is for the mother/daughter relationship to come through clearly in performance.
All other roles are open to performers of any ethnicity. The director and cast are encouraged to read at least Ms. Marvel, Volume One: No Normal of the comics to gain a sense for how these characters appear on the page, which could be a starting point for thinking about casting.