As comic books' ascendency in film and television continues to grow, so does its influence in the realm of the stage. We've seen ambitious theatre productions of Too Much Coffee Man and, regrettably, Spider-Man, and we can to that list a new play based on Skyscrapers of the Midwest. Published by AdHouse books, the graphic novel by Joshua Cotter is a touching narrative that contrasts its characters' miserable childhoods with their beautiful imaginations and fantasies. The theatrical version is produced by the Available Light Theatre company and opens Thursday night in Columbus, OH.In Skyscrapers of the Midwest, Cotter anthropomorphizes cats to tell his story of two siblings and their frequently unsettling childhoods in 1980s middle America. The graphic novel uses the language of comics to parallel the pain of their experiences with the richness of their imaginations. In the play version, which was adapted and directed by Matt Slaybaugh over the course of a year, the cats are replaced with humans.

If you've never read Skyscrapers of the Midwest, do check out the preview below before purchasing the 288-page graphic novel.

[Via Every Day Is Like Wednesday]