Actors and directors scrambled about the stage at the ArtsCenter, setting up their props and running through their lines, gearing up for today’s debut of the Twilight Zone play.
The play will be the inauguration of Th3rd Power Productions, run by Solomon Gibson III, and his second debut as a producer. As a big fan of the show, the play started off as merely an idea in Solomon’s head.
Solomon said the black and white show is iconic to various generations and is an element they instinctively recognize.
“Ultimately, my feeling was to have a fresh way to bring this to a broader audience,” he said.
The play will bring to life three episodes of the TV show: Nothing in the Dark, Nick of Time and Shadow Play. Each episode will stay true to the original storyline, and each will have its own director.
Gibson said one of the reasons he decided to bring the TV show to the theater was because of how easy it was to do so.
“A number of (old television) shows were live theatrical performances that they brought to television,” he said. “The writers basically wrote these plays; then they filmed or taped them. A lot of them were actually performed live on television at the time.”
The play, however, didn’t involve any writers — Gibson said he tried to stay as true to the original script as possible. He said he took the time to watch and transcribe all of the episodes by hand, then had his daughter type up the handwritten scripts for him.