LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2013) — A mob of the undead storms the Guignol Theatre stage again this weekend, as University of Kentucky Department of Theatre starts the Halloween season off right with its first production, the witty "Zombie Town: a Documentary Play," by Tim Bauer. "Zombie Town" runs through Oct. 13. Those students brave enough to don their best zombie attire can even get a discount to the Oct. 11 showing.
Described as "a hip, hilarious and irreverent experience that will keep you laughing" by the Times-Picayune, “Zombie Town” finds Mayor Arnsen, Slash Murphy and the rest of the cerebral citizens of a sleepy small Texas town recovering from a traumatizing zombie apocalypse. But not to fear, members of a San Francisco theater collective come to town to interview the survivors to offer the "healing that can only come through theatre." Assembled from "documentary" interviews, "Zombie Town" is a recounting of the invasion in the townsfolk’s words.
"The play is actually a parody of Moisés Kaufman's 'The Laramie Project,' in that it follows the course of a very earnest theater troupe from San Francisco descending on a small Texas town where there has been a zombie apocalypse essentially. And they document through verbatim technique what the individuals of the town experience during those horrific days in Harwood," said Russell Henderson, associate professor of acting and voice and director of the play, in a recent "UK Perspectives" interview on WUKY. "The actors play multiple roles and of course there is the ever present zombie chorus that exists within the piece. It's a lot of fun."
UK Theatre is among the first companies to stage "Zombie Town," which won the 2011 Best Original Play, Storer Boone Award, and was a nominee for Best Comedy, Big Easy Theater Award.
Tim Bauer, a Bay Area playwright, has had works produced by theaters across the country including Southern Rep, Sleepwalkers Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Colonial Playhouse, Bay One Acts Festival and Austin Script Works, and developed by Just Theater, Playwrights Foundation, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and the Great Plains Conference.
Bauer has been a three-time finalist for the Humana Festival’s Heideman Award; a finalist for the Lark Playwright’s Festival, the STAGE International Script Competition and the Aurora Theater Global Age Project; a semifinalist for PlayLabs and the Nicholl Fellowship; a winner of three PlayGround Emerging Playwright Awards; and a winner of the Storer Boone Award for Best Original Play.
Four performances of "Zombie Town" remain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 10-12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Guignol theatre. Tickets for the play are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. UK Theatre encourages students to get into character by dressing in their zombie best for the Friday, Oct. 11, showing. Students with a valid UK ID and dressed like a zombie at the Friday, Oct. 11 showing, can take part in a buy one get one free offer on tickets at the Guignol Theatre box office that evening only. All other tickets can be purchased in person at the Singletary Center Ticket Office, by calling 859 257-4929 or by visiting scfatickets.com.
The UK Department of Theatre at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.
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