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Things get creepy in the kingdom

King Henry (Ryan Snyder), center, fights off two zombies played by Gregory Smith, left, and Janelle Neczypor in Big Idea Theatre's "The Life and UNDEAD of King Henry V." The Shakespeare spin-off opened last week. Photo by Benjamin T. Ismail
King Henry (Ryan Snyder), center, fights off two zombies played by Gregory Smith, left, and Janelle Neczypor in Big Idea Theatre's "The Life and UNDEAD of King Henry V." The Shakespeare spin-off opened last week. Photo by Benjamin T. Ismail

Big Idea Theatre’s 2012 season reanimated July 6 with the opening of “The Life and UNDEAD of King Henry V” by William Shakespeare, as adapted and directed by Big Idea’s Artistic Director Brian Harrower.

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 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 twenty minutes with 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, 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 Life and UNDEAD of Henry V” runs through July 28 with performances at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26; Fridays, July 13, 20 & 27; and Saturdays, July 14, 21, & 28, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. General admission is $15 and SARTA/Senior/Student tickets are $13.  All “Thrifty Thursday” tickets are $10.

Big Idea Theatre is located at 1616 Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento. For tickets ane more information call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.com.

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