Zombies: the trend that won’t die

Talking Dead

Learning / When Uncle Vanya and Zombies debuted at UH Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre last month, people scratched their heads at how Chekhov’s version (he wrote the original Uncle Vanya) could ever be translated into a zombie apocalypse. Well, theater professor and creator/director Markus Wessendorf did it, and successfully, according to our own critic Steve Wagenseller (see “The Wasted Life of Zombies,” Nov. 14), who said he “got bitten . . . this play snuck up on me, sideways.” If you missed it, fear not, for Wessendorf has arranged the perfect chaser.

Sarah Wayne Callies, known in the zombie-fighting and -fleeing crowds as Lori Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, will host a presentation called Chekhov and Zombies: A Match Made in Heaven, which looks at our obsession with zombies, how it connects with Chekhov and our view of contemporary society, and just what the hell is up with that last episode of Walking Dead. She’s as close as you can get to asking a real life zombie hunter of the best approach for catching Zs. The talk is free, but since seating is limited, tickets will be released two hours before show time. If Black Friday was any indication, we’re all capable of zombie behavior. So, do what you gotta do to get in–just please don’t eat anybody’s face.

Kennedy Theatre, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1770 East-West Rd., Sat., 12/8, 7pm, free