Get in the spirit of the Halloween season by attending the original zombie musical, “Menace of the Morgue,” written and directed by Cranston native John McKenna and presented by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company in collaboration with Artists’ Exchange.
“Menace of the Morgue” is a campy, rock ‘n’ roll, multi-media love poem, paying homage to 1960s psychedelic horror cinema. Performances are every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., now through Oct. 26 at Theatre 82. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, by phone or in person at Artists’ Exchange; tickets at the door are $18.
In “Menace of the Morgue,” the peace between humans and zombies is tenuous. The technology they use to communicate is awkward. An innocent teen, daughter of a famous scientist, falls for a boy from the wrong side of the grave. Lust, drugs, gore, bigotry and wrong science fill this high-energy show that is perfect for the Halloween season and theater enthusiasts.
The shorter, family-friendly variation, titled “Doctor Menace’s Family Variety Hour of Zombies,” has matinee performances every Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m., now through Oct. 27 at Theatre 82. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door.
The Marley Bridges Theatre Company operates under the Beechwood Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization whose mission is to foster the arts, arts education and historic preservation throughout Newport County. The nomadic theatre company engages, entertains and educates Rhode Island communities and visitors with interactive and immersive theatre. Dedicated to making the arts affordable and accessible to everyone, the MBTC believes that theatre is meant to be experienced and brings history to life by suspending disbelief and spanning the ages.
To purchase tickets, call 490-9475, visit www.artist-exchange.org or stop by Theatre 82 at 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston.