In 1959, mastermind Rod Serling introduced television audiences to another dimension: The Twilight Zone. Now, more than half a century later, the science-fiction series with a penchant for social commentary continues to inspire parodies and adaptations, from frequent references on The Simpsons to a full-length Steven Spielberg movie.
The Theater Company of Lafayette has upheld that tradition for the past eight years by bringing four classic TZ episodes to the stage, each with a different director, and performing them with their own funny adaptations; the group also does four vintage commercials in between to re-create the feel of the show. This years Return to the Twilight Zone (Volume 8), A Parody includes the classic gremlin-on-the-wing episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, which will be adapted into an Airplane!-style comedy.
Ian Gerber, who will direct a vignette as well as reprise his role as Serling (this is his fourth year), recalls watching the show as a kid with his father. It was scary, but your parents would let you see it, says Gerber. Its not just scary for scarys sake; it has something to say.
Enter the fifth dimension between science and superstition tonight at the Mary Miller Theater, 300 East Simpson Street in Lafayette. The production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through November 12, with additional shows Sunday October 30 and November 6 at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets, $12 to $15, at 720-209-2154 or www.tclstage.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 21. Continues through Nov. 12, 2011