The world grows stranger every day not that that's a shock to fans of The Twilight Zone. The seminal television drama not only injected existential angst into the age of Leave It to Beaver, but it cast a long shadow over popular culture that hasn't faded. This year marks the program's fiftieth anniversary; to celebrate, Theater Company of Lafayette is reviving Return to the Twilight Zone, its stage reenactment of three of the original episodes as well as between-act trivia contests and mock commercials.
My earliest memories of The Twilight Zone are watching Sunday reruns in the late 60s and early 70s with my dad, remembers Ian Gerber, one of Return's directors and the actor portraying TZ's iconic creator and host, Rod Serling. I know that started my lifelong interest in fantasy and horror. To get to play Rod and be involved with these stories feels like an honor.
Return to the Twilight Zone opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and runs Fridays and Saturdays with Sunday matinees on October 25 and November 1 through November 7 at the Mary Miller Theater (300 East Simpson Street in Lafayette). For tickets, $10 to $15, and info, call 720-209-2154 or visit www.tclstage.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 1, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Nov. 1, 2009