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.
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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