GMU Players Turn to ‘Zombedy’ for Latest Black Box Theater Production

Posted: November 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Julie Curtis

The title of the GMU Players’ new production gives a hint as to what is to come: “In the Dead of Summer.” Written and directed by Mason student Junella Carla Gabriel, a member of the GMU Players, the play is described as a dark “zombedy” (a combination of comedy and zombie).

Opening Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m., the play will run through Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Black Box Theater located in the Performing Arts Building on the Fairfax Campus.

The storyline goes like this: Dallas Edward Duat is a young professional who longs for something more in his rather mundane life. When his best friend and co-worker Billy presents Dallas with the idea of taking all their knowledge of zombie movies, comic books and video games and applying it to raising their very own zombie, he agrees.

Dallas and Billy soon learn that they are meddling with forces that should not be meddled with. Through a series of undead situations, theatergoers will discover the connection between comics, love and the power of a lasting friendship.

A limited number of free tickets for each show are available to Mason students. Other ticket prices for Black Box productions are $3 for students, seniors, faculty and staff and $6 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at George Mason’s Center for the Arts Box Office.

The GMU Players is a faculty-directed student organization within the university’s Theater Department. Faculty members direct GMU Players’ Mainstage productions, and students direct the Studio productions, such as “In the Dead of Summer.”

For more information on GMU Players’ latest production and upcoming shows, visit the web site.

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