Opting for a change of pace, Ann-Marie Thomas will portray Lady Macbeth in the Pumphouse Players’ production of “Living Dead in Denmark.” Featuring well-known Shakespearean characters battling zombies, the play will open 8 p.m. Friday at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville.
“It seemed like just a fun show to perform in, I mean, who doesn't want to kill zombies, right?” Thomas said. “And Lady Macbeth as portrayed in this show is very irreverent and rude, which is completely different than the last character I played, which was Marmee in ‘Little Women: The Musical.’ I like challenging myself as an actor by going for very different roles.”
Acting since childhood, the 41-year-old Cartersville resident shared she is enjoying playing a character who is “sarcastic and no nonsense.”
“She's a warrior,” Thomas said about Lady Macbeth. “It's actually a great stress reliever to be able to curse like a sailor and fight with a battle ax. Things I don't do on a daily basis.”
Following Friday’s performance, “Living Dead in Denmark” will be presented Oct. 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.
“This is my first show with Pumphouse,” said the play’s director, Beth DiYenno. “I wanted to direct ‘Living Dead in Denmark’ because I enjoy Halloween and everything a bit spooky.
“‘Living Dead in Denmark’ is set in a post apocalyptic world where zombies are trying to take over the world. Three Shakespearean leading ladies are on the case. Ophelia, Juliet and Lady Macbeth are ready to save the world from the living dead. They are met by several familiar faces from Denmark. The show brings 30 choreographed fights and irreverent humor that is new for the Cartersville area.”
Along with Thomas, the play’s cast features Jess Ford as Ophelia; Kirsten Adams as Juliet; Katie E. Cornett as The Ghost/Hamlet; Dalton Hayes as Horatio; Connor Adams as Fortinbras; Duane Ellis as Gravedigger; Tyler Robertson as Rosencrantz; Matt Thompson as Guildenstern; Meghann K. Humphreys as Titania; Cal Silvers as Puck; April Y. Branham as Witch/Macduff; Duane Ellis as Witch/Tybalt; Cal Silvers as Witch/Paris Hilton; Adam Nix as Caliban; Adam Wade as Oberon; Taylor Tanner as Laertes; and DiYenno, understudy for Rosencrantz.
“Aside from having a great time, I hope audiences will be inspired to have a conversation about good and evil,” DiYenno said. “This show brings to mind the confusion that can come in war about which side is really the good side, or if either is truly good to begin with.
“This show has the most warnings of any Pumphouse show ever, and we do mean it, this play isn't for kids. But it is a hilarious night out for the grown-ups.”
Tickets for “Living Dead in Denmark” are $18 for adults, and $15 for children, individuals 65 and older and military personnel. For more information about the PHP's season or to purchase tickets, visit http://pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.