The Halloween season is a time for frightful sights including vampires, ghouls and other monsters. The Chicago Street Theater is featuring one of the most infamous creatures out there - the zombie - for their fall production of “Night Of The Living Dead,” which opens Friday, October 14th.
The play is an adaptation of George A. Romero and John Russo’s classic horror film and will make good on its PG-13 rating, bringing out the gruesome side of fall.
"I’m extremely excited for this play. The zombie grindhouse genre is one of my favorites for sure," said Michael Glorioso, Director of “Night Of The Living Dead”. “As a longtime fan, I want this play to nod to the original and remakes of the film, but also put in some new scares for the audience."
The cast was transformed from their normal selves into a mob of moaning zombies on the outside thanks to extensive makeup art as well as choreographed human-versus-zombie combat.
One of the most outstanding features of this play is that in order to capture the classic horror film style, the whole cast and set was made entirely monochrome, or black and white. The play also combines shot-for-shot video excerpts of the original film as well as creepy radio broadcasts and convincing newscasts of the horror that is unfolding around them.
“This stage isn’t like any other play I’ve seen”, said Emma Smith, Stage Manager for the production. “It was a really fun but tedious experience to help make it since not one thing on set could be left with color. I really want audience to get that 'black-and-white movie' feeling that will make this play different from what they are expecting.”
While a hefty portion of the cast will be roaming the set in a terrifying zombie fashion, the play also has an energetic “human” cast.
Brandon King acts as Tom, one of the humans held up in the zombie besieged house, and was excited for what the play held in store for the audience.
“I’m really looking forward to the audience’s reaction, I think they’ll get a good scare but also see some very good acting," said King. “I’ve worked with Michael before and jumped on the chance to be in a black and white movie on stage. I knew he’d do a great job and he has."
The play will take place at the Chicago Street Theater October 14th through the 29th. More information about the play and the Chicago Street Theater can be found at http://www.chicagostreet.org/