Full Length Play
Adventure, Adaptations (Shakespeare), Mystery/Thriller, Period, Parody / Spoof
Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan
Settings Of Play - Summer 1599. Southwark, England. In the tiring house of the newly built Globe Playhouse after the inaugural performance of William Shakespeare’s Henry V.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
London, 1599. Shakespeare’s Henry V
opens the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside.
After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse.
As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?
A true and accurate account of the Elizabethan zombie plague.
"John Heimbuch's script is witty, clever, peppered with self-referential humor and wonderful wordplay on some of the Bard's best lines." -Brian Leehan, Minneapolis Star Tribune
If there's one show that deserves to be resurrected after the Fringe, it's John Heimbuch's brilliant and hilarious zombies-meet-Shakespeare epic ... If you know Shakespeare, you'll be roaring as the show lampoons everything about the Bard and ludicrously reuses famous lines while the heroes battle invading zombies ... MUST SEE." - Renee Valois, Saint Paul Pioneer Press
"Both Shakespeare and horror nerds will enjoy this brilliant Elizabethan production of bloody proportions, taking zombies into new and exciting terrain." - Ben Smith, Fangoria Magazine
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S LAND OF THE DEAD was originally performed on August 2, 2008 at the Rarig Thrust Stage in Minneapolis during the Minnesota Fringe Festival. It was directed by Amy Rummenie and produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Company, with the follo