FreshINK readings of “Neighborhood 3” Mar. 23-25
FreshINK, Parkside Theater's staged reading series, presents three performances of the darkly comic play "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom" March 23-25. Written by Jennifer Haley and directed by Virginia Hartley, each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Rehearsal Room A of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus, 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.
In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers in the thrall of an online zombie video game. The game's setting is a suburban subdivision with identical houses and the goal is to vanquish an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood. But as the line between reality and virtual reality blurs, parents and players begin to realize fear has a life of its own.
"If you've ever watched people playing video games, they seem to fall into a kind of game-induced trance, almost a zombie-like state," Hartley said with a laugh. "'Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom' takes that premise and then takes it to the extreme."
Saying "Neighborhood 3" is "like a nifty episode of 'The Twilight Zone,'" Variety magazine said the play "builds to an affectingly gruesome finale."
And the Louisville Courier-Journal said, "Haley's suspenseful play beamed cautionary messages about inattentive parents of teenagers addicted to online video games."
"Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom" received a 2009 Primus Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.
During a staged reading, actors may refer to their scripts. There are no special sets or costumes, and props are kept to a minimum allowing the audience to concentrate on the words and emotions being expressed."Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom" is free and open to the public. For more information, call 262-595-2457.