I’m a crazy “Twilight Zone” person, so this news jumped out at me. The “Zone” is heading to the stage, of all things. On Dec. 5, a theatrical production based on Rod Serling’s CBS classic will open in London, at the Almeida Theatre.
The script is being developed by Anne Washburn, an American playwright, who wrote another TV-related stage piece called “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” that relied on “The Simpsons.” Olivier Award winner Richard Jones will direct.
And that’s about all we know so far. It’s not clear what story this pair plans to tell, and it’s not clear which actors will be appearing in it. “The Twilight Zone” ran from 1959 to 1964, totaling 156 episodes (92 of which were written by Serling). Will Washburn and Jones focus on a single episode from that run? Will they combine a few? Will they come up with some kind of meta-post-pre-something-or-other? Consider me extremely interested.
“Anne Washburn and Richard Jones have devised a show that honors the writing of Serling and his closest collaborators, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson,” producer Ron Fogelman said in a statement. “They have created a new journey into the heartland of the imagination — the stage.”
“ ‘The Twilight Zone’ was an ingenious mixture of morality tales, fables and fantasy that are as relevant today as when they first aired,” CBS’s Veronica Hart said. “The play allows these powerful stories to be experienced in an entirely new way in order to reach a whole new audience.”