MINNEAPOLIS — Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, a staged reading funded by the Mu Performing Arts/Jerome Foundation New Performance Program, will be held Saturday, Oct.20, 2012, 7 p.m. at Studio 206 in the Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 — 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406. From the front entrance, take the stairs to second floor and follow signs to Studio 206.
Written by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, the story setting is on modern civilization, which has collapsed beyond recognition and the earth is littered by zombies and cannibals. Two women from opposite ends of the world kill their way to salvation.
Framed under the Five Buddhist tenets, their journey is told through an amalgamation of severed heads, forced kisses, human steaks, and a chorus of thugged-out monks. How low can the moral standard go when you have to survive zombies and cannibals so that you can find peace and love again?
“It took a year to research and write it,” states Duangphouxay. “I’m excited to see the revised script performed by a new cast, in a new space, with a new audience.”
The synopsis is: Do not drink alcohol. Do not engage in improper sex. Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not kill. It does contain some strong language, however.
The reading is under the direction and dramaturgy of Randy Reyes, with music by Akiem Elisra and artwork by Seth Lyons.
Last year along with three other artists, Duanphouxay received a fellowship for theater from the Jerome Foundation and Mu Performing Arts as part of its New Performance Program. The two remain in the running to have their plays produced by Theater Mu in the future.
If selected by Theater Mu this November for production next season, Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals would be the first play written by a Lao American to be produced in the Midwest.
The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Find out more on Facebook.