Big Idea Theatre’s 2012 season reanimates on Friday, July 6, with the opening of “The Life and Undead of King Henry V” by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Big Idea’s Artistic Director Brian Harrower.
Join the production cast and crew for Shakespeare with a twist: England is slowly descending into chaos as a horrifying epidemic turns its citizens into an angry horde of zombies. Watch Prince Hal transform into Henry V as he struggles to defeat this ghastly and seemingly invincible plague.
“The Life and Undead of King Henry V” is composed of scenes and dialogue cut together from “Richard II,” “Henry IV” parts 1 and 2 and “Henry V,” using only Shakespeare’s language. In the tradition of the classic George Romero films, the pace is fast and action-packed with a run time of approximately one hour and 20 minutes and no intermission.
When asked about the inspiration for adding zombies into one of Shakespeare’s classics, director Harrower replied, “The language just lends itself to it. There’s a passage in ‘Henry V,’ ‘Mark then abounding valour in our English, that being dead, like to the bullet’s grazing, break out into a second course of mischief, killing in relapse of mortality.’ Shakespeare’s histories are riddled with zombie imagery.”
This heady horror show features local players Joseph Cady, David Fox, James Gilbreath, Jeffrey Lloyd Heatherly, Ally Krumm, Leo McElroy, Janelle Neczypor, Ryan Snyder, Mark Urquhart and Denver Vaughn, along with Big Idea Company members Justin Muñoz, Gregory Smith and Liz Tachella-Bowman. Principal zombies are Robyn Colburn, Jaina Frank, Aaron Hitchcock and John Young.
The show runs at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2: 30 p.m. on Sundays, July 6-28, at Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.com.