Think you are familiar with Oscar Wilde’s classic novel, The Picture of Darian Gray? Well you’ve never seen it like this before.
GRAY is a new graphic novel and audio drama from writer, producer, and principal of Prodigal, Inc., Arvind Ethan David. The story is a radical reworking of the 1890 classic, in which Dorian Gray is a badass and terrifyingly beautiful woman out for revenge. Her immortal and magical powers make her an even stronger and more dangerous threat against some of America’s most powerful men. In the new GRAY series, the criminal hero drifts through New York City’s coolest cliques, gaining a social media presence as she leads the most debauched of lives.
Arvind Ethan David is a stroker-nominated author and best-selling author of Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency, which has been adapted to cult series for Netflix and BBC America; and he has produced Broadway’s 15-time Tony Nominated Jagged Little Pill and eight feature films, including the British hit comedy The Infidel and the Asian Academy Award-winning The Garden Of Evening Mists.
In illustrative collaboration with Eugenia Koumaki, Diana Greenhalgh, Joana Lafuente, Robbie Robbins, and published by Ted Adams of Clover Press, David’s GRAY graphic novel is told in full color, with exciting and bold illustrations. The audio drama directed by Milena Govich brings the story to life with brilliant original music and an exceptionally talented cast. Milena Govich notably selected for the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, has been awarded for both her directing and acting roles. Now she works with stars like Neil Brown Jr, Richard Schiff, Samuel Barnett, and Grammy-winning, Tony-nominated actress Lauren Patten as the heroine Dorian Gray herself.
Stephany Folsom, writer of Oscar-winning Toy Story 4 and showrunner of Brian V. Vaughan Papergirls says, “Dorian is the hero we need now. You’ll fall in love with her as she delivers justice to a modern world that’s lost…”
This modern adaptation continues Wilde’s spirit of pushing boundaries in all ways. Its creative, sexual, and non-conforming themes and diverse cast of characters push the story forward, brining the audience along, to question our own culture and societal struggles. They are partnered with RAINN, the nations’s largest anti-sexual violence resource.
You can contribute to the Kickstarter project now starting at $1; choose from several reward tiers options, which include some great digital downloads, postcard sets, and even tarot cards.
For more information and to support GRAY, go to the Kickstarter website.