Night of The Living Dead Redux
Original by George A. Romero and John Russo
Adapted and directed by Rodney Smith
November 3-19, 2016
In 1968, the independent horror film Night of the Living Dead did more than just frighten a few audience members. It may have single-handedly been responsible for what we today know as “Zombie Culture” and has exceeded its “cult classic” status, to simply… classic.
While this may seem an odd choice of material for Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, a theater company known for its socially relevant and thought provoking plays, Steph Hickling Beckman, the company's Artistic Managing Director is quite certain that this adaptation trains a lense on issues that are timely, relevant,and reflective of the company's nature: "Producing Rodney's version of this popular script is very much in keeping with our mission statement, which is to produce plays which confront issues of social diversity, in a provocative way. In this adaptation, there is more focus on how the living affect each other, than how they are impacted by the dead". “There is something deeper in the material beyond a zombie story. At its core, this is a story about a group of people, each with very different backgrounds, who must find a way to get past how they perceive each other in order to survive. It’s a microcosm of society which may be more relevant today than it was in 1968.” adds Rodney Smith, the show's director, and playwright responsible for this stage adaptation. "I have always loved the original film and have wanted to bring it to the stage for the last three or so years. I always thought there was a different and more interesting story to tell".
Although the narrative is essentially the same as the original film, the script has been adapted for the stage and augmented to dive deeper into the relationships, motives and resolves of the characters. It promises not to be the “campy” version some have come to think, but a dark, intense dramatic thriller. It will pose to their audience two simple questions with more than a few complex answers: What is humanity… and at what point do we lose it?
Under the stage direction of Rodney Smith, Night of The Living Dead features Scott Cameron, Paul Matthew Gallaher, Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey, Darren Marshall, Eamon Martin, DiAnna Ritola, and Drez Ryan. Performances run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. Audience Talk Back sessions follow Friday and Saturday performances (excluding Nov. 19th).
Based on original characters by George A. Romero and John Russo.
Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey
A Post Show Discussion immediately follows Friday and Saturday night performances.
*Early Bird Special: Purchase your ticket(s) by November 6th and pay no fees!!