SEATTLE — Have you ever wondered what happened to Ms. Pac-Man?
What if she was still out there and she was trying for a comeback?
That’s the premise of a new cabaret theatre show debuting in Seattle next week.
Seattle performers and writers Freddy Molitch and Scott Shoemaker have taken everyone’s favorite 8-bit video game diva and imagined her life as it might be 30 years after her peak of fame.
In a video reintroducing Ms. Pac-Man we get our first look at her as she sits for an interview which begins with a question about where she has been over the last few decades.
“The real question is where haven’t I been, you know?” she slurs. “Some people thought I was retired. Some people thought I was dead. Some people thought I was in jail.”
Then in a whisper, “Some people were right.”
The rollicking sketch comedy continues from there with hilariously groan-worthy lines like:
“I am done chasing the ghosts of my past.”
“I’m on the Richard Simons plan where everything you eat has a point value attached to it. So it’s cherries 100 points, oranges 500 points, the only downside is when I go on a real bender I get a high score.”
At one point she declares, “I am clean and sober, cheers!”
Then slugs down a clear liquid in a martini glass complete with 5 olives.
When asked if she is drinking alcohol Ms. Pac-Man’s cherry and pretzel earrings shake as she replies.
“This is fermented potato juice. I’m on a real vegetarian kick right now. It’s all small fruits and vegetables for me.”
Molitch and Shoemaker originated the idea as a sketch during the ‘8-Bit Theatre Festival’ and the audience loved it so much they turned to Kickstarter to crowdsource funding for a full show.
Pledges came rolling in, the two earned more than $5,300 and ‘Ms Pak-Man: Multiple Lives!’ was born.
The show promises ‘Hollywood hi-jinx’ and ‘scandalous secrets.’ It premiers September 4th, 5th and 6th at Re-Bar in Seattle.