Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company
LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK
By QUI NGUYEN
Center Stage, NY, 48 W. 21 St., 4th Floor
May 4 through 21, 2006
Directed by ROBERT ROSS PARKER
Fight Direction by MARIUS HANFORD
Production Design NICK FRANCONE
Costume Design JESSICA WEGENER
Special Effects CHUCK VARGA
Composer DAN DEMING
Press Representative PUBLICITY OUTFITTERS
Carlo Alban – Horatio, Laertes
Jason Liebman – The Ghost
Maggie Macdonald – Puck, Witch
Tom Myers – Caliban, Guildenstern, Witch
Melissa Paladino – Lady Macbeth
Jason Schumacher – Fortinbras
Maureen Sebastian – Juliet
Andrea Marie Smith – Titania
Temar Underwood – Gravedigger, Rosencrantz, Witch, Oberon
Amy Kim Waschke - Ophelia
The Vampire Cowboys are back and LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK, an action-horror sequel to HAMLET. In a case of the Bard meets B movie aesthetics, this non-stop action romp merges the popular culture of disparate generations into one adrenalin-driven escapade.
It is five years after a horrible apocalypse, and the Earth is overrun with brain eating Zombies led by a familiar ghost and his lady love, Titania. War has erupted between those LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK and the remaining humans. Fortinbras, leading the human faction and employing an alternate zombification method (one that allows the afflicted to retain their human countenances) has reawakened a trio of Shakespeare’s suicidal sisters, Lady Macbeth, Juliet and, of late, Ophelia, to fight the guts and gore zombies prowling Europe. And so, the stage is set for battles, betrayal, romance, and world domination. And then there are the musical numbers!
In many ways, LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK is slapstick and silly, just the type of pure escapist entertainment that defies Shakespearean inspiration. The actors are game, and often quite successful at hitting the comic mark. Where the show is 100% precise, professional and impressive is during the fight sequences (Marius Hanford). No surprise, as this has become a Vampire Cowboys hallmark, but one cannot witness a performance without wondering at the hours of choreography, training and rehearsal that must have gone into every scene.
Guaranteed to be fun and fierce!
- Kessa De Santis -