"Night of the Living Dead" rises at Lewis University
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Lewis University's Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) proudly presents "Night of the Living Dead" by Mark Landon Smith, adapted for the stage from George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic film. Performances will be held in the Studio Theatre, located on the second floor in the Oremus Fine Arts Center, and accessible through the Wadsworth Art Gallery or by elevator. "Night of the Living Dead" is a parody homage that invigorates the horror genre and promises to keep you laughing while on the edge of your seat. The plot: a space probe from Venus carries mysterious radiation to Earth and begins to transform people into flesh-eating zombies. Seven strangers are trapped in an abandoned farmhouse and begin to turn against each other while hungry ghouls with attitude (and an appetite) await them outside. The action moves between the farmhouse and news reports of the growing zombie epidemic. The cast of alumni, current student, and PLT friends include: Zackary Abu-Shanab and Valerie Gallagher both of Plainfield, Matthew Carlson ‘15 and Kasey Milo both of Lockport, Kayla Carson of Burbank, Diandra Cecchetti, Ernest Ray ‘93, and Sabra Thomas ‘13 all of Bolingbrook, Ashley Daun ‘12 of New Lenox, Sarah Gibbons ’09 of Homer Glen, Christopher Hueg ‘11 of Roseville, MN (also the sound designer), Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, Will Kostecka of Winfield, Katy Papineau of Kankakee, Becky Hicks, Justin Male and Noah Smith all of Joliet, Stephanie Maldonado of Park Forest, Luke Murphy and Nicole Reidy both of Darien, Kate O’Neil ’15 of Oswego, Adam Parker of Naperville, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, and Laura Wisniewski ’07 of Oak Forest. HTC board members Sean Barber '11 of Aurora and Stephanie Hill ’12 of Romeoville are co-directing the production. The production staff includes: Jackie Sabani '08 of Hanover Park (stage manager), Melissa Chicola ‘13 of Lockport (assistant stage manager) Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank (lighting design), Amanda Foresta ‘13 of Steger (filming and video editing) and Melanie Gillies ‘13 of Lombard (properties). The production is recommended for patrons 13 years old and up. The performances are Friday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m., with a late night show at 9:30 p.m. A single evening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission seating, first come; first serve. Lewis students, faculty and staff tickets are $2. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500, Monday through Friday, 1-4:30 p.m. Patrons can also email boxoffice@lewisu.edu. The theatre is located on the Lewis University main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center. Visit the website for further information.