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Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005, 12:16 pm
good art = inspiration for nicol

so a question. if you guys were going to stage a "romzomcom" ie a romantic zombie comedy -- like Shaun of the Dead, for example -- how would you do it? would you get as many zombies on stage as possible, or would you just establish the convention that they're offstage somewhere trying to break in? would you center the plot around conflicts between the characters, or would it be more like a chase? keep in mind that this is THE STAGE and not THE MOVIES.

also, feel free to throw out any other ideas for something like that.

Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
mgafm

You should have like... a projection of zombies trying to break through the windows... you know, with lots of hands and stuff. I think that it could work with very few actual zombies. Definitely about the characters, not a chase. Because most zombie movies are about the characters, the zombies are just a kind of... motivational factor.

Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
claustrophilia

okay, now imagine that i can't afford a projector and need to do it minimalist. like, if no zombies were seen ever, would that work, or would i have to show some sometimes?

Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
mgafm

You'd have to do some major backstage soundwork of zombies moaning and breaking things. I still think you need some zombies, because otherwise it's boring and not very zombie-like. But you don't need a lot. But a zombie play without zombies, i mean come on, no one wants to watch that.

but you could have a scene introducing the zombies like the one with the girl in shaun of the dead, so only one zombie there. And then if they break in or whatever, you can have one come onstage and then have everyone run offstage. Or if they fight them, do the fight offstage and just have lots of yelling and stuff.

Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
claustrophilia

i was thinking of "establishing the convention" (damn you, theatre jargon!) that the audience was the pack of zombies, seen out the window or something. i think it would be enough, with a play, to draw the audience in emotionally and intellectually, without bombarding them with political stuff or other kinds of more blatant manipulation. but it might be enough to break down the 4th wall (fucking 4th wall, its a bitch). um, 'course, i don't know where this is going, and i wanted to ask around about including zombies at all, y'know, cuz while i want it to be character-driven and bordering on the epic, i don't want it to be boring or alienating for anyone who thinks intellectuals are stupid. cater to your audience and all that.

Wed, Jan. 26th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
acaciaave

i think the not-showing-the-zombies thing could be really effective if done properly, but ashley's right, no one wants to see a play about zombies without seeing zombies. hold off til the end and only show a few is my advice, but then again, i'm not a theatre major.

Wed, Jan. 26th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
nicolthewhore

that's why i asked on lj, though -- i wanted non-theatre major opinions. an audience is probably not going to have entirely theatre people in it, always, or at least it won't be full of people who are overly educated in theatre.