Kate Tarker's war comedy Thunderbodies is a grotesquely hilarious depiction of America through the looking glass. Tarker is the recipient of the 2017 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and has also been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award and a semifinalist for the Relentless Award, but this world premiere is the first New York production of one of her plays. Tarker joins a roster of playwrights whose first significant productions have been at Soho Rep, including César Alvarez, Lucas Hnath, and Young Jean Lee.
Thunderbodies is suffused with elements of both Tarker's artistic and personal background. Tarker, who studied clowning and commedia dell'arte, has built characters that feel wrought from the virtuosic nuttiness of both practices. Growing up on military bases abroad, Tarker developed a removed fascination with American culture, all while wrestling with her upbringing in proximity to the war machine.