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A fast-moving comedic re-imagining of George A. Romero’s classic film, set in 1968 and presented live ‘in black and white’
SETTING AND TIME
Rural Pennsylvania. Late 1960s.
+ Karen – F, 18-25
+ At least four zombies
N.B. SUP holds open auditions. If cast and not already a member, society rules and our insurance mean that you must become a paid member immediately.
ABOUT THE PLAY
A TIMELY PRODUCTION
Night of the Living Dead™ Live is a fast-moving hilarious re-imagining of George A. Romero’s classic horror thriller. Back in 1968, Night of the Living Dead™ was made at a time of incredible social and political upheaval, and its themes remain as relevant as ever.
In particular, it brings race politics and gender identity to the fore as a cross-section of ‘typical’ Americans are trapped together in lockdown in a remote farmhouse, facing hordes of infected zombies. As the nation collapses, who will survive the night? More than a re-creation of the story, the play celebrates the history and continuing influence of the movie.
AUDITION FORMAT: please prepare a monologue lasting no more than two minutes, spoken by a character from any play with whom you identify strongly OR a monologue from a character to whom you feel strong antipathy.
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MAIN CHARACTER DETAILS
Barbra – traditional and keeping it together at forst but as the events unfold, digresses into a child-like state – F
Ben – BAME, ‘leading man’ type, heroic and outspoken. Protective of Barbra – M
Tom – young-ish man, handsome, bright-eyed. Judy’s boyfriend – M
Judy – young-ish woman, Tom’s girldriend. ‘Girl next door’ type.
Helen – a little older, perhaps middle-aged. Dry, world-weary homemaker. Umanused wife of Harry, mother of Karen – F
Harry – around the same age as Helen; working class, curmudgeonly. Weaselly and antagonistic. Helen’s husband and Karen’s father – M
Chief McClelland – older/middle-aged small-town sheriff. Folksy and pragmatic – M / F
Vince – Chief McClelland’s young deputy, local volunteer. A little idealistic. Obedient to the Chief.
Karen – nine-year-old daughter of Harry and Helen.
IMPORTANT: we usually rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Audition forms includes a box to indicate dates when you are NOT available. By signing the form, you are agreeing to attend all rehearsal dates when called, barring unforeseen circumstances – with the schedule agreed with the director – and in particular to be available for the tech and dress rehearsals.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
SUP member Tim Prentki is Emeritus Professor of Theatre for Development at the University of Winchester where, for many years, he directed the MA in Theatre and Media as Development.
He is the author of The Fool in European Theatre and Applied Theatre: Development. He is currently co-editing The Companion to Applied Performance and the second edition of The Applied Theatre Reader, both for Routledge. He is also a playwright and has recently written three plays for the One Hour Theatre Company at Edge Hill University, using Shakespearean motifs to spark debate around contemporary issues:Half Measures; Lear in Brexitland; Empires’ Edge. He has also recently completed Henry VII.
He has directed many student productions ranging from Shakespeare to modern work and draws particular inspiration from the practice and theory of Brecht.
He is looking forward to the opportunity to direct Night of the Living Dead Live for SUP. He intends to create a fast-moving, immersive performance style, based on a combination of ensemble-playing and multimedia effects in order to highlight the affectionately satirical approach of the original film. Given the contemporary situation, there is also the possibility to add an allegorical layer of meaning around responses to the pandemic.