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Trinity Rep's 'Zombie Prevention' out for blood March 15
Photo by Mark Turek
D’Arcy Dersham as Mrs. Jones and Alexander Platt as Mr. Jones in the world premiere of “Social Creatures” by Jackie Sibblies Drury and directed by Curt Columbus. A motley group of survivors are trying desperately to avoid contracting the illness that turns people into something indescribable. March 14-April 21 in Trinity Rep's intimate Dowling Theater. Set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Olivera Gajic, lighting design by Josh Epstein and video design by Peter Sasha Hurowitz.

Trinity Repertory Company has announced that, in tandem with their post-apocalyptic zombie-dramedy “Social Creatures,” they are partnering with the Rhode Island Blood Center for a “Zombie Prevention” Blood Drive Friday, March 15 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St. in Providence in order to raise awareness and urge donations. All pre-registered donors will get a free ticket to a performance of “Social Creatures,” playing March 14 through April 21 at Trinity Rep. To register, log in to www.ribcdonor.org and follow the steps to Trinity Rep’s drive.

“Social Creatures is a play about coming together after cataclysmic crisis. In the face of blizzards, natural disasters or, yes, even the zombie apocalypse, it's organizations like the RI Blood Center that save people’s lives,” said Curt Columbus, the Richard L. Bready Artistic Director.

Every day patients in Rhode Island and Southern New England need blood transfusions to recover from illness and injury. RI Blood Center's goal is to collect about 240 pints daily to meet these patient needs. It takes less than an hour to fill out the necessary forms and donate a pint of blood. Trinity Rep and RI Blood Center hope you will join the cause by giving the Gift of Life – a blood donation – and reward yourself with a ticket to “Social Creatures.” These two actions combined – seeing “Social Creatures” and giving blood – may very well be the key to preventing a global zombie outbreak.

Donors are advised to bring identification with a photo or signature and eat well and drink fluids before you donate. Juice and cookies are also provided free after donation.

“Social Creatures” is a “dramedy” about the end of life as we know it and runs in Trinity Rep's intimate Dowling Theater. Regular and discounted tickets are on sale now for $28 to $68 at the Trinity Rep box office, 201 Washington St.; by phone at 351-4242; and online at www.trinityrep.com. The theater guarantees it will be a “zombie-free” zone for the afternoon of the “Zombie Prevention” Blood Drive. During the performances that promise cannot be made.

To donate blood and platelets individuals must be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Sixteen-year-olds may donate if they weigh 130 pounds, have a parental permission slip (available on the Blood Center’s web site) and be in general good health. If you have any questions about donating blood, contact the Blood Center at 453-8307 or visit their website at www.ribc.org. If you have any questions about the Trinity Rep's “Zombie Prevention” Blood Drive, contact Rebecca Noon at rnoon@trinityrep.com.

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