You gather with friends for the season premiere of Game of Thrones—chalices full, dragon scale coasters in place, Dothraki fleece draped—when some guy says, “I’ve never seen this.” Those with mercy direct him to Wikipedia, savages beat him with the heaviest book from George R.R. Martin’s anthology that spawned the HBO series and comedians put on Thrones! The Musical Parody.
The stage production, which runs at The Space July 14–23, follows friends as they re-enact all six seasons of the hit show for a newcomer. Spoiler: Nothing is off-limits. “We make fun of all of it: the nerd culture around it, the fans around it, but also the people who haven’t seen it,” says Al Samuels, one of the actors, writers and producers.
While Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow are the focal characters, Thrones! features 52 GoT roles, portrayed by the six-member cast. And with the Season 7 premiere looming, “We’re also going to potentially incorporate some of the things from that week’s episode into the show,” Samuels says.
He admits the show can’t compete with the grandiose sets from the highly-budgeted HBO version, but it isn’t trying to. What Thrones! lacks in spectacle, it makes up for in an experienced cast accustomed to improvisation and being the biggest damn GoT fans you can find. “We always have a bunch of friends come over to watch the show and I will tell you, if there’s one that keeps a room full of comedians absolutely silent, that’s gotta be a good show,” Samuels says. “If we have a new person coming over and they’re trying to make big jokes during it, they get the stink-eye.”
Thrones! has a whole song about spoilers, so we won’t go too deep. But we will speculate on what we’d like to see parodied. Who knows? Some of these could happen.
Every character’s name: GoT boasts an encyclopedic list of characters. And don’t even get us started on the titles ($10 if you can say Dany’s full name three times fast).
Jon Snow’s resurrection: In one of the most epic GoT scenes, Jon Snow is groomed(!) back to life by the witchy Melisandre. We could see Thrones! re-enacting that painstakingly slow sponge bath with comical accuracy.
The Walk of Atonement: Cersei Lannister walked the cobblestoned, peasant-packed runway of King’s Landing the best. We’re hoping to hear Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell” when she walks in shame.
The Red Wedding: Could Thrones! take the sting out of this shockingly brutal scene? Stab-solutely.
Thrones! The Musical Parody
July 14–16, 18–23, 8 p.m., $35–$55, The Space, 3460 Cavaretta Ct., thespacelv.com