by Chris Davis
“Placing the show in the Civil War era works well, because it mirrors what’s going on today,” Elliott says.
Zombies have become the flesh-devouring masters of pop culture. They’re everywhere. Memphis’ downtown zombie march has grown into a popular annual event. The film Zombieland is doing good business at the box office. Even Jane Austen’s classic romance Pride and Prejudice has been re-imagined as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and is currently a best-seller.
“There does seem to be something about their nature that will grab people,” Elliott says. “Their sheer abandon and raw desire seem to be what drives some people’s attraction to them. For the observer, as you watch the shambling zombie, you don’t have to feel any sympathy. They’re dead, so whatever happens to them is totally acceptable. It’s like watching a train wreck and not having to feel bad for the victims.”
Briner, is currently pursuing his doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Chicago while Cunningham keeps himself busy as the guitarist and vocalist in the band The Bloody Foot of Rock but the duo continue to discuss the possibility of another joint project.
"Stephen and I have talked a lot about co-writing another play," says Cunningham. "Two on the drawing board right now are a politically incorrect romantic comedy about two hobos falling in love called Jack of Hearts, another is an as of yet unnamed western centering on gunslingers, gamblers, and other frontier rapscallions."
Look Away! A Civil War Zombie Tragedy
When: Oct. 30-Nov. 8