Zut Suit Riot

Hi, I'm Natalie Zutter! I'm a playwright, entertainment blogger, and aspiring comic book writer living in New York City. Since graduating from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, I'm trying to figure out how to apply that same interdisciplinary format to my post-college life in the arts world.

I've had several productions through NYU; check out my resumé and photos/video of my plays above.

I'm the Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comics, YA, Romance, and Children's Editor at Bookish. Previously, my writing has appeared on Crushable, Tor.com, BlackBook, Ology, and AFK On Air.

I'm also the co-creator of the webcomic Leftovers, about a ragtag food truck helping survivors of the zombie apocalypse.
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Inspired by this site:

In 2014, I am building…

My body of work as a playwright.

This building—my body of work—will include a few very helpful offerings for the world, including…

  • a full-length play about Internet fandom, then and now
  • short plays tackling issues of sex, dating, and identity in variously real or fantastical ways

In order to build what I want to build, I’ll need to release/remove a few things from my world, including…

  • my compulsion to always say “yes” (sometimes to please) to social engagements
  • excuses about not being “ready” or “in the right headspace” to write
  • hours spent mindlessly on the Internet

Because what I really want to be known for is…

Searching, truthful, original work.

When things start to feel overwhelming, I will keep it simple by reminding myself that my job is simply to…

Write in a different way and engage with other pop culture commenters and artists—but it doesn’t swallow up all of my time, energy, and creative output.

And by this time next year, I will be so proud to have completed one big thing, which is…

A portfolio to submit to residencies!

And that is my plan for 2014.

Hawkeye (2012) #6

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mr-dalliard:

Time travel in movies

This is rad.

So much to talk about in the new Catching Fire trailer! District 11 riots, Plutarch Heavensbee sounding like he&#8217;s playing both Katniss and President Snow, the Katniss/Gale kiss&#8230;! Check out my shot-by-shot analysis and join me in flailing.

So much to talk about in the new Catching Fire trailer! District 11 riots, Plutarch Heavensbee sounding like he’s playing both Katniss and President Snow, the Katniss/Gale kiss…! Check out my shot-by-shot analysis and join me in flailing.

Two weeks until my buddy Dylan Marron’s awesome looking show Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite! Co-ed dance to follow. Spread the word and bring your inhalers.

April 1st
Glasslands
$10 general admission
21+

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skipperjovi:

ambiguousfangirl:

Jennifer Lawrence, Disney princess

But she got right back up again, like the others, with a little help from Wolverine.

Whoa! Love it.

skipperjovi:

ambiguousfangirl:

Jennifer Lawrence, Disney princess

But she got right back up again, like the others, with a little help from Wolverine.

Whoa! Love it.

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Watch me analyze the shit out of these two new Catching Fire posters on Tor.com. Because my favorite part of the second book (pre-Games, at least) is Katniss and Peeta totally playing Panem with their star-crossed reality TV engagement.

alenalane:

Inks for the first 2 pages of “The Distorted Mirror” — coming along slowly but surely.

OH HEY LOOK HOW AWESOME MY COMIC LOOKS

I <3 everything Alena does.

Pop culture has passed into an incredibly self-reflective and meta phase. We can’t watch a TV show or political debate without immediately reacting through GIF form and then scrutinizing our reaction. We’re compelled to interrogate the highbrow and especially the lowbrow works that capture our attention. But it gets boring and one-dimensional to use the same medium that we’re discussing in our analysis. We’re constantly turning our opinions over and over, seeking out the smart new angle that someone hasn’t thought of. Enter this new breed of musical.

We’re lucky that many of these productions have tested the waters in New York City, where you can stage an outrageous parody for even just a weekend. In the past year, I’ve taken in four shows that probe the boundaries of good taste and challenge the books, actors, and even religious institutions they mock. Last Christmas, I joined the throngs of theatergoers laughing so hard they were crying at Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book of Mormon. Since the, I’ve also giggled my way through song-and-dance parodies of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, its offspring Fifty Shades of Grey, and the ‘90s thriller The Silence of the Lambs.

Whether each show’s attack is sweet or snarky, there is indeed that sense of tribute that Yankovic mentioned—cheeky nods to the genre of musical theater itself, or a hat tip to the impact Clarice Starling or Anastasia Steele has had on pop culture. In fact, 50 Shades! The Musical pokes fun less at Ana’s whirlwind romance with Christian Grey, and more at the way Americans have gobbled up E.L. James’ erotic fanfiction.

“I think anything that is so popular that everyone knows about it, you can start to home in on certain details,” said Emily Dorezas, one of the 50 Shades co-writers. “That’s why, as soon as the presidential election starts, everybody can laugh at the same things about the different candidates. Fifty Shades of Grey is just this brand that doesn’t go away. Even if you know nothing about it, you know everything about it. Part of what we’re doing is making fun of the phenomenon of it. [Audiences] can laugh at that because they’ve seen it in their house, with their wives and girlfriends.”

Pop-Culture Parody Musicals Are as Meta as We Get

Photo: Carol Rosegg