If you go
What: "Night of the Living Dead — Live"
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Oct. 25- 26
Where: Kanawha Players Theater, Beauregard Street
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors
Info: www.kanawhaplayers.org or 304-343-7529
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ginger Workman dreamed in black and white.
The makeup artist and co-director of the Kanawha Players fall show decided the best way to bring a theatrical version of the classic black-and-white horror film, "Night of the Living Dead," to stage was to produce it in the same way: in black and white.
"I couldn't pass it up," she said of the idea.
Workman did some research into how other theater companies have produced Lori Allen Ohm's adaptation of the film and has yet to find another that used the black-and-white idea.
The effect is striking — the show's 30 actors and actresses all wear black, white, gray or other neutral colors. The set is black, white and gray. Actors' makeup is all black and white and wigs are similarly hued.
"It takes every second of two hours to do the makeup," Workman said.
Even lighting is designed with the theme in mind, with special gel covers to neutralize the yellow tones.