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ICT Playwright Loves to Tell Stories

March 27th, 2015


Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa loves a good story. More specifically, he loves telling unconventional stories with topics not typically addressed. His play, Abigail/1702, the upcoming production at International City Theatre, is a West Coast Premiere of an imagined sequel to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. As a teller of uniquely grand tales, you will be riveted by this Aguirre-Sacasa work.

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Playwriting is Roberto’s first love, and he has had much success with it. Born in Washington D.C. to a Nicaraguan diplomat, he graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2003. His plays have reached Broadway and many reputable regional theatres around the country. Notably, he wrote the book for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

A self-proclaimed comic geek, he began writing for Marvel Comics in 2004 after an editor was seeking playwrights whom she felt might have anew voice for comic books. Creating a zombie-version of Archie entitled Afterlife with Archie, its success led to Roberto being named Archie Comics’ Chief Creative Officer in 2013.

Further demonstrating his versatility, he has written for the television shows Glee, Looking and Big Love. He also wrote the film remake of Carrie in 2013. As someone who clearly is fond of storytelling, Abigail/1702 will not disappoint.

Abigail/1702 answers the question of what happened to Abigail Williams. It’s 1702, a decade after The Crucible‘s infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. This thrilling next chapter finds Abigail living under an assumed name in a village far from Salem, trying to start afresh. Will she find redemption, or will the devil have his due?

This latest Aguirre-Sacasa tale is a first-rate psychological thriller.  Don’t miss Abigail/1702 at ICT.

Abigail/1702 runs April 29 – May 24. All performances are at International City Theatre at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 562-436-4610 or visit

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