Night of the Living Dead Live

Night of the Living Dead Live

by  Christopher Bond, Trevor Martin, Dale Boyer, Mike Trebilcock, Jamie Lamb

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 2f

Night of the Living Dead™ Liveis a comedic tribute to the historic 1968 film and is the official authorized stage production of the film. 
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Six strangers, 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 re-creation 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? 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Spooky, sophisitcated, and silly in equal measures [...] so recommended it hurts." - Fangoria Magazine  

"Night of the Living Dead Live reveals itself to be more than an adaptation. It's a devout and carefully crafted expansion of the beloved film with heaps of laughs along the way." - The Zed Word 

"[...] this campy folly is a witty, smartly-imagined adaptation that should not be discounted." - The Walleye 

"No surprise here as the creation of a perfect staged version is set to be an international smash success. Drag your undead butt to this show!" - Mooney on Theatre 


Videos

  • Night of the Living Dead Live trailer
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Keywords

Death, Media

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A farm house in rural Pennsylvania.
  • Additional Features: Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 2f
CHEIF MCLELLAND
VINCE
BARBARA
JOHNNY
BEN
TOM
HARRY
HELEN
JUDYKAREN
NEWS ANCHOR
REPORTER
GENERAL
SCIENTIST
BILL
WHITE BEN
BLACK CHEIF MCLELLAND
ZOMBIES
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Christopher Bond

Christopher Bond

Trevor Martin

Trevor Martin

Dale Boyer

Dale Boyer

Mike Trebilcock

Mike Trebilcock

Jamie Lamb

Jamie Lamb

Night of the Living Dead Live! premiered at the Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, ON in April 2013 under the direction of Christopher Bond. 

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