They're Not Zombies, A Comic Horror Play
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The last date listed for They're Not Zombies was Saturday December 9, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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“Gantvoort, who smartly puts the audience close to the action, and whose use of loud noises, a good make-up artist, and a terror filled ending has set a standard for zombie theatre.” —Backstage West
“The play is good at balancing laughs and scares in a way that enhances both.” —L.A. Splash
When the city spontaneously erupts in mass murder, a few survivors manage to flee to the country in an attempt to find safety. They each in turn come across a run down isolated church and hope it will shelter them from the events unfolding outside. But it doesn’t take long for the murderers to try and follow them in, and they are forced to board up the doors and windows and do what they can to survive. In the process, they all begin to wonder what is causing this madness. The radio tells them that it is the result of a terrorist attack, but most of them aren’t convinced and explore other possibilities, such as God’s wrath or an invasion by another country. But when one of the dead comes back to life right in front of their eyes, they all have to face the fact that it is possible that these funny walkers are indeed zombies.
Among the survivors is a Priest who has found his salvation at the bottom of the bottle. Armageddon is here, and he wants to greet the second coming of Christ with a smile – albeit a lopsided, drunken smile. His party is rudely interrupted though when Karl and his girlfriend Stephanie break in to his church seeking sanctuary from the pursuing chaos. A Cop and a well-to-do conservative, Candice, who believes whole-heartily that the government is going to fix everything, soon join the hapless group. Begrudgingly, the door is again opened to allow Judith, a stripper, entrance. All six of them collectively focus on getting through the event alive, but the internal conflicts that mount endanger their lives more than the zombies pounding on the door.
“They’re Not Zombies,” is a funny yet scary evening of entertainment that throws the audience into the mix. The seating is staged so that the action is all around the audience, and sometimes, on top of them. The specials effects are intense and disturbingly believable. Two-time LA Weekly award winning designer, Leif E. Gantvoort, will be providing the imaginative lighting and scenic designs. Gantvoort has also been nominated for three other design awards (NAACP, LA Drama Critics Circle, and an additional LA Weekly Award). Anthony Grow will be providing the make-up design. He is best known for his work on the films: Hidalgo, Aliens vs. Predator 2, and Slither.
Heading up the cast is Freddy Douglas, playing Karl Hardman, who has been seen in the films: “David” with Jonathan Pryce; “The Odyssey” with Isabella Rossellini; and “Dreaming of Joseph Lees” with Samantha Morton. Joining him will be Jeremy Luke, playing John A. Russo. Mr. Luke can be seen in the upcoming film “Edison” with John Leguizamo, and he recently guest starred on CBS’s “CSI:NY” and “Shark” and the FOX hit show “Bones.” Breannna Startzel, playing Judith O’Dea, can be seen in the upcoming film “Sweetzer.” Amy D’Allessandro plays Kyra Schon. She was awarded Best Actress at the FSU Film Festival for the film “Letting Go.” She was also a recurring character on the Showtime series “Resurrection Blvd” and has guest starred on “The X-Files.” Keith Birkfeld plays Charles Craig. Stacey L. Miller is Marilyn Eastman. Ms. Miller recently guest starred on ABC’s “Rodney” and will also been seen in the upcoming pilot of “Trailer Court Justice.” She has received many rave reviews for her stage work in LA, including: Daily Variety who wrote of her in “Drama Kings,” “By far, the most rewarding aspect of this production is the comedically (sic) perfect performance of Stacey Miller” and Backstage West wrote this of her in “Doubting Thomason,” “Stacey Miller…has impeccable timing.” The cast is then rounded out with Keith Birkfeld as the Priest.
Leif E. Gantvoort has been steadily growing a reputation as a writer in Los Angeles. For his last production the LA Weekly said: “Gantvoort is a triple threat man here, writing the scripts, acting, and designing the handsome sets and lights.” He is also a member of the ACME Comedy Theatre, and Metro LA said his comedic writing is “guaranteed to bust a buckle or two.” His writing has also been recognized with the short film “Hyte,” which was nominated for Best Sci-fi short at “Shockerfest 2003.” He is also a contributing writer to the on-line spoof news site “The Lost News,” where he writes a column under the pen name Geoffrey Jeffrey.