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Night of the Living Dead Live Descends on Toronto

For our Canadian readers…

Christopher Harrison and Phil Pattison, Co-Creators of the stage production of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE, are pleased to announce that Second City Alumni Darryl Hinds and Canadian Comedy Award-winners Mike “Nug” Nahrgang (Evil Dead: The Musical) and Dale Boyer, will team up with Trevor Martin (Evil Dead, the Musical, Just For Laughs All Star Gala with John Cleese), Gwynne Phillips (half of the award-winning sketch comedy duo, “The Templeton Philharmonic”) and Andrew Fleming (The Russian Play, “Omega”) at Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue in Toronto. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE is directed by Christopher Bond (Evil Dead, The Musical, A Little Bit Zombie) who was also the director, co-creator and co-composer of EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL.

In 1968, George A. Romero premiered his little independent monster flick, Night of the Living Dead, and now Romero along with Harrison, Pattison, and Marty Birthelmer of Nictophobia Films bring Toronto audiences NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE. Previews April 23-25, opens April 26 and closes May 19, 2013. Media night (April 26, 2013) Tickets are available at Theatre Passe Muraille Box Office or online at www.NIGHTOFTHELIVINGDEADLIVE.COM.

“The intimate relationship between horror and comedy is a result of a visceral tension driving both,” said Co-Creator Christopher Harrison. “Who better to deliver finely calibrated laugh-a-minute-and-scream-the-rest-of-the-time performances than the celebrated cast we have assembled for this play.”

“Really looking forward to seeing this show come to life. Great to see that our film is still inspiring creativity 45 years later,” said the legendary George A. Romero.

Told in the intimate setting of Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE brings audiences into the famous 1960’s farmhouse where six strangers are trapped, surrounded by the undead.  Ben (Hinds) has just saved Barbra (Phillips) who has witnessed the gruesome death of her brother. Delirious with grief, she is unable to help Ben who is trying to turn the house into a fortress when Harry (Nahrgang) and Tom (Fleming) burst up from the basement, announcing that Helen (Harry`s wife)(Boyer), Karen, their sick daughter who needs immediate help, and Judy (Tom`s girlfriend) are also taking shelter there. Tensions rise as they debate the best way to protect themselves against an onslaught of zombies, but they soon realize that it may not be possible to survive this night of the living dead.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE is co-created by Christopher Harrison (Devil’s Night, The Man Who Loved Flowers) and Phil Pattison (Devil’s Night, The Man Who Loved Flowers), who are also producing the project with Marty Birthelmer (the upcoming The Mummers) through their production company, Nictophobia Films and executive produced by the legendary George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead), Russ Streiner (best known as Johnny (“They’re coming to get you, Barbra”) in the original horror classic), and John A. Russo, co-author of Night of the Living Dead.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE, is written by playwrights Trevor Martin (Patch Town, A Little Bit Zombie), Canadian Comedy Award winner Dale Boyer (Second City, “Live from the CenTre”) and Christopher Bond, with production design by Lindsay Anne Black (My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish-Wiccan Wedding), choreography by Stacey Maroske with sound design by Richard Feren, costume design by Claudia Kada (Mein Kempf, Evil Dead: The Musical), makeup design by Christina Spina, lighting by multi-award winner Michelle Ramsey (Helen’s Necklace, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish-Wiccan Wedding), Special FX design by Carlos Henriques (Death Race, Witchslayer Gretl, Red: Werewolf Hunter) and music by Juno Award-winner, Mike Trebilcock (The Tenant, Reid Coolsaet: Road to London) and Jamie Lamb (Monkey Toast, Ken Kostick & Co.).


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