WANT TO GO?
Kanawha Players presents "Night of the Living Dead."
WHERE: Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard Street.
WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26.
TICKETS: Adults $12. Seniors and children $10.INFO: Call 304-343-PLAY or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Film director George A. Romero will always be remembered for his zombie movies. He did one romantic comedy, "There's Always Vanilla," and he did a couple of other kinds of horror films, including the cult classic, "The Crazies," and the adaptation of Stephen King's, "The Dark Half," but most people remember "Dawn of the Dead" or his first film, "Night of the Living Dead."
Released in 1968, "Night of the Living Dead," was an indie black and white horror film about a group of people trapped inside a rural farmhouse and surrounded by dozens of restless undead.
The film inspired countless writers and directors, spawned several sequels, many knock-off versions and was remade twice. It's also become a stage play, which the Kanawha Players intend to open Friday at their theater on Beauregard Street.
Ginger Workman, who co-directed the play with Devon Nuckles, said the Kanawha Players have big hopes that the play may be their biggest hit in years.
"We're selling tickets like crazy," she said. "Right now, we're thinking we might sell out the whole thing. People love this stuff."
Workman said after last fall's success with their stage production of "Evil Dead: The Musical," the theater group went looking for another horror-based play.