Marc Frost, managing artistic director for Theater Unspeakable, got the idea for “Superman 2050” while studying in London: An instructor asked him to “tell a really big story in a really small space.”

Frost may have taken it to an extreme. The Chicago-based company’s show tells a futuristic story about Superman fighting Lex Luthor using seven people on a 3-by-7-foot platform. There are no props — all the company needs is you and your imagination.

“When we create these shows, it comes from the playfulness of a child,” Frost says. (The show is meant for ages 7 and up.) “When we audition people, it’s not necessarily the traditional actor who’s going to be cast. We’re looking for someone who enjoys the absurdity of making themselves into a door and gives it a little sound that says, ‘I’m a door.’ ”

Frost says “Superman 2050” very deliberately uses nothing in order to create something.

“We’re leaning heavily into the fact that the world today is saturated with images and media,” he says. “We are celebrating the power of live theater to the fullest extent. If I make a door and someone activates me when they push me, it’s actually allowing us to say to the audience, ‘Please come with us on this journey. Because if you don’t, then what I’m doing is total idiocy.’ ”

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Fri., 7 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 1:30 & 4 p.m., $20-$25.

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