"Charleston just has a really good market for it," she said. "They want to see it and it's kind of cool that we can kind of band together to make it happen."
Just doing the zombie play has attracted new people to their theater troupe, people with little or no acting experience who simply want to be one of the living dead.
"It's an interesting way for them to get a taste of theater without having to learn lines or be scared they're going to mess up," Workman added. "There's not a lot of pressure."
At least, there's not a lot of pressure for the actors. For the technical staff, that's entirely a different question.
While "Night of the Living Dead" as a stage play has been done all over the country, not every theater group has approached it the way the Kanawha Players have.
"What we're doing is pretty true to the movie," Workman said. "It fits in all the good scenes."
The play is also in black and white -just like the film -which sounds less complicated than it actually is. The sets and costumes of the show aren't the only things colored black and white.
"The play has been done before a few places," the director said. "But the best I can tell is nobody has gone as far with the black and white as we have. I can't find anybody who painted their actors like we did."
All of the actors have been airbrushed and the only color beyond the monochrome shades of gray is blood red.
In fact, Workman said the biggest challenge in putting together this production hasn't been the people. It's the artistic direction, which she said made "Night of the Living Dead" a lot like directing a painting.
"Usually, we've got one person handling makeup for a show -- at most," she said. "For this one, we have at least four every night and we're doing makeup while the show is in motion."
There are a lot of zombies on that stage, Workman added.
Kanawha Players thinks they'll have another hit with zombies this year, but audiences shouldn't expect every October to be devoted strictly to flesh-eating corpses -at least Workman said maybe next year, they'll go in a different direction.
"Maybe sci-fi next year," she said. "Just something a little different than zombies."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.