zombies in queens

Zombies In Queens and Toast


Zombies In Queens and the Complexity of Toast

Silvercup Studios

Yesterday hubby and I made the intrepid trek out to the borough of Queens to see our friend Miriam Lipner in Zombies at The Secret Theatre in LIC (near Silvercup Studios). The theatre itself is charming and intimate. They sell snacks and beverages that you can bring in with you, and there are only about 50-60 seats, so there are really no bad seats in the house.

The short but intensely funny and poignant play focuses on five survivors of a zombie apocalypse, all strangers, who end up in the second floor of a house in the DC suburbs with the stairs destroyed so no zombies can get up. The play focuses on the power relationships between people in general, and men and women specifically, when under intense stress. And of course there is the Battlecat, whose two cameo appearances lend some interesting drama and some huge laughs into the mix.

Tying the chronological scenes together is the radio, with different stations and announcers all reporting news in their own way, while playing great classic rock music over the course of several days, until even the music stops. The play throws some potshots at the futility of democracy, where corporate zombies automatically raise their hands when they hear the word "Vote".

There are several poignant scenes in this comedy/horror, but my favorite was from Lipner's character, the aptly named Miriam. When asked what she misses the most it is the complex simplicity of toast. Starting with bread, and then expanding into the joys of the toaster, the electricity just waiting in the outlet to be used, the spreads, and finally the interactions with her husband. Her story of making toast becomes a parable of all that is now lost in their lives as they move into the unknown.

Well done!

Zombies In Queens


Really, Zombies in Queens?

Zombies as portrayed in the movie Night of the...

I work with a host of talented people at Alycea Ungaro's Real Pilates, including the talented producers Liz Torres of Breaking the Proscenium (our front desk supervisor and creative person) and Miriam Lipner Brienik (a very talented and extremely funny Pilates teacher, dancer, and actress) of Standard Bear Productions. And I am married to a very talented writer, who is currently finishing a Zombie novel set in lower Manhattan.

So how excited was I when Miriam and Liz told me about their upcoming production of Zombies. Written by Miriam's talented husband Sal Brienik, Zombies follows as

five strangers and one feline take refuge on the second floor of a stairs-less house in the outskirts of the greater Washington DC area. As radio broadcasts clue them in to what is happening in the world at large, they find themselves struggling with the Biggest question faced by the survivors of any global pandemic: now what?

The show runs October 4-20 at The Secret Theatre in Queens.

And here is an interview with Sal Brienik: