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Night of the Living Dead Live!

Written by Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer, and Trevor Martin
Created by Christopher Harrison and Phil Pattison

Directed by Joseph Johnson and Shelby Frye

October 13th - 29th, 2023

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 3 PM

Six strangers in a lonely farmhouse, surrounded by brain-eating zombies – what could go wrong?

Night of the Living Dead™ Live is a fun and hilarious re-imagining of George A. Romero’s legendary classic. Set in 1968 and presented in all black and white, it literally feels like the film has been brought to life and placed onstage. The play lovingly examines the movie itself, the period in which it was made, and the film’s undying influence on the horror genre.

Night of the Living Dead™, the film, was produced at a time of incredible social and political upheaval. The film was met with controversy for featuring an African American protagonist and realistic horror images; and yet, possibly the most controversial element to Night of The Living Dead™ was the ending… Everybody dies! Even the hero doesn’t survive.

More than just a recreation of the story, the play celebrates the history and influence of the movie. Through a series of multiple endings, the characters are all faced with different issues and challenges while desperately trying to survive the night. However, their contrasting personalities and agendas always seem to prevent the group from working together. Which leaves us all wondering: Could anyone survive a night of the living dead?

Cast

  • Christopher Weathers as Ben
  • Angel Orenstein as Barbra
  • Aaron Hinds as Harry
  • Sarah Campbell as Helen
  • Spencer Flottman as Johnny
  • Matthew Boshears as Tom
  • Jaclyn Fischesser as Judy
  • Piper Morgan as Karen
  • Brittany Lightfoot as Zombie
  • Kairi Wallace as Zombie
  • Sam Goeltz as Zombie

This project is being supported in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance