Exclusive: Bat Boy
Dan Tarker, Senior Correspondent
Last month, an ad in the Personals
section of several
Since moving to “The Salad Bowl of the World” earlier this year, sources tell us that Edgar has desperately tried to bring some normalcy to his life. He’s enrolled in college, found a job a Starbucks, and now appears to be searching for a girlfriend.
Yet, if the comments of Bruce Palmer, a retired Monterey County Sheriff, are any indication, Edgar’s quest for companionship will not be easy. “If I learned one thing in all my years in law enforcement,” says Palmer, “people with pointy ears and razor sharp fangs always spell trouble. I’d take a shotgun to that kid before I’d let him take my daughter out.”
According to Donna Federico, an actor at The Western Stage in Salinas, where they are producing Bat Boy the Musical in honor of their newest celebrity resident, there is not a lot of difference between what Edgar now faces in Salinas and what the play depicts when he was first discovered in a cave in Hope Falls, West Virginia. “I think it’s natural for people to be afraid when a person looks a little bit funny.”
Federico compares Bat Boy’s plight to that of other notable creatures like Frankenstein and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Yet, she is hopeful that someone will respond to Edgar’s ad. “Once they get past that eating small animals habit of his, they’ll find him to be an absolute sweetheart.”
A Bat Boy romance would not be
unprecedented. During the height of his fame, when Bat Boy the Musical was selling out
According to reliable sources, it
was Bat Boy playwright Keythe Farley
who recommended Edgar move to
Yet, wherever he goes, Edgar always proves to be a controversial figure. Some members of this community have already formed a Minuteman group to patrol the neighborhood where Edgar lives and ensure that he does not steal anyone’s pet or, worse, date anybody’s daughter.
Bat Boy co-director Jeff McGrath thinks this development is unfortunate. According to him, there is a line in the play that says everyone has a Bat Boy inside them. “We shouldn’t be terrorizing this kid,” he says. “We should be rooting for him. If he can get a girlfriend, then, I guarantee, anyone can.”
Who knows? Perhaps