"The Death of Brian" - the epic journey of a zombie - appears October 30

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
One Night Only: Friday, October 30 @ 7:30 p.m.

Written and performed by Ricky Coates with direction by K. Brian Neel, THE DEATH OF BRIAN is about the epic journey of a zombie. But it’s more than that. It’s as if a radio drama and physical theater had a baby. It’s a new perspective on the zombie era and the zombie itself. It’s got puppets, philosophy, sci-fi references, fights, blood, sex, and dark laughs. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, [Coates and Neel] find a way to make zombies new again.” Jerry Kraft of seattleactof.com says THE DEATH OF BRIAN is an “exceptionally well-performed, entertaining and grisly story of one man’s difficult passage through the land of the undead…”

Coates performs A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY (episode one) one night only at BPA. After a car wreck, Brian Smith reluctantly finds himself on an epic quest to find his wife. His journey, however, is plagued with questions: What is happening to his body? Who is this mysterious voice? What is Humanity? And why does everyone say he’s dead?

Kim Kaschor of CBC News reports, “Brian was already a zombie of a man before he became infected - dragging himself between the television set and a dead end job - but that didn’t make the transformation of his once human body any easier to digest. He is as surprised as the audience is disgusted by a sudden lust for brains and entrails: a bloody mess that paints a work of art. This is a one-man show, but several other characters are seamlessly brought in and out of the story. It’s through these pre-recorded “other halves” of the conversation that THE DEATH OF BRIAN feels even more like a dance, as he carefully times each movement and response between the voices. He is dragged away and imprisoned. He pulls off elaborate fight scenes. He devours half of a [man] only to hold him in his arms and consider the meaning of it all. In a world of zombie comedies and dramas, THE DEATH OF BRIAN takes a stab at art. Don’t miss the transformation.”

Appropriate for ages 18 and older, THE DEATH OF BRIAN appears one night only at BPA on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25 per person, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

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