Coralville – City Circle Acting Company opens its 18th season with John Heimbuch’s William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead on October 18-20. Performances are October 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm and October 18 at 2:00 pm.
Described by Director Patrick DuLaney as “a bizarre mashup of Shakespeare in Love and The Walking Dead,” the play tells the tale of the 1599 zombie plague in Elizabethan London, just as Shakespeare is premiering his play, Henry V at the newly-constructed (and strong enough to keep out the “Afflicted”) Globe Theatre. The play takes you backstage when Shakespeare and his company of players have just finished the opening night performance of Henry V. Before they can celebrate, they become aware of a plague in London that allows the “Afflicted” to rise from death. The newly-constructed Globe is the safest place in town, so everybody who’s anybody seeks shelter there and the characters must learn how to survive amongst both the undead and each other. “I’m so excited to bring Land of the Dead to this community,” says Director DuLaney. “It’s got everything—sword duels, wordplay, amazing makeup effects from Andrew Burlage, and an unbelievably great professional-grade cast. You won’t want to miss this brand new, unique theatre experience.”
Tickets are $12-$27 and can be purchased online or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street. Tickets are also available at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. The show is sponsored by Ken Krizan.