William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead

Southside’s October 2015 production was William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead by John Heimbuch, directed by Steve Tanner.

Synopsis
Southwark, 1599. At the opening night of Henry V, Shakespeare and The Chamberlain’s Men are visited by Sir Francis Bacon, who has an idea for a new play. Meanwhile all across London, plague is causing an uncontrollable blood lust in the populace. As the affliction spreads, Shakespeare is forced to fight for his life (and his art) when both his actors and his characters begin to rise from the dead. Joined by the Queen and her entourage, who are seeking refuge, the company barricade themselves inside the newly built playhouse and attempts to last out the night.

Can they survive? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?

A true and accurate account of the 1599 zombie plague.

“John Heimbuch’s script is witty, clever, peppered with self-referential humor and wonderful wordplay on some of the Bard’s best lines” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead was performed 28 October – 31 October 2015

The play was originally produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Company in the 2008 Minnesota Fringe Festival.