“A risky, risqué multimedia frightfest” based on George Romero’s timeless black-and-white cult flick.
An old institution meeting a new one, Night of the Living Dead: The Opera combines the entire 90-minute film with a new soundtrack performed live by Squonk Opera.
On stage, the Squonkers evoke, enact, intervene with, counterpoint, critique and deconstruct scenes in the film. Genteel tea parties on stage are contrasted with film images of zombies munching on human arms and legs.
Created in 1995.
“the best damn piece of original theater I’ve ever seen on a Pittsburgh stage.” - Pittsburgh City Paper
“the most fun you can have with 30-year old celluloid and state-of-the-art musical equipment” - In Pittsburgh
“a bracingly eccentric mode somewhere between MTV, surrealist art and macabre college high jinks” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Acoustic & Electronic Percussion
Flute, Sax, Wind Synth
Jackie Dempsey with Squonk Opera
Design & Staging
Steve O’Hearn, Jackie Dempsey, Kate Aronson,
Brian Berkheiser, Kevin Kornicki, Jed Allan Harris
Jed Allan Harris
Kate Aronson with Squonk Opera
Dan Barnhill & Kate Kobak
Gay Kahkonen with Steve O’Hearn
Master Set Builder
Set & Prop Artists
Norman Beck, Kimberli Caputo, Julie Carson, Bill Ferchak, Paul Ford, Debbie & Jim Hackwelder, Dale Harper, Manual Torrefranca, Chris Walker