The Twilight Zone
October 8–24, 2015
Rod Serling once said, “You might say that a man is on top of a burning building: he can use a fire escape, a ladder, he might even be picked up by a helicopter. But in THE TWILIGHT ZONE, he flies.”
Valley Center Stage is proud to present live stage performance of four episodes Rod Serling’s classic television series THE TWILIGHT ZONE which aired from 1959 – 1964. This will be a first for our theatre and we are very excited about it!
So imagine, if you will, that you are sitting in a darkened theatre. And at this point in time you have chosen to step into a realm of sound, sight, and mind. An exploration into the dark and wondrous realm of unreality. That signpost up ahead? THE TWILIGHT ZONE at Valley Center Stage!
Produced by special arrangement with CBS Consumer Products and The Dramatic Publishing Company.
A Piano in the House – by Earl Hamner, Jr.
Fitzgerald Fortune, cynic and theatre critic, goes to Throckmorton’s curio shop where he buys his young wife Esther a player piano as a birthday present. The piano’s affect takes Fitzgerald and listeners on a journey through the Twilight Zone which he might have chosen to forego if he knew what awaited him… in The Twilight Zone.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge – by Christopher Sergel, based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce
During the Civil War Peyton Farquhar, a Southern gentleman and landowner, is about to be hanged on a bridge which he attempted to blow up to stop the advance of the North. Despite his predicament, he believes he can still escape and get back to his wife, a journey which he must take… in The Twilight Zone.
Nothing in the Dark – by George Clayton Johnson
Despite all attempts to evict her, Wanda Dunn has refused to leave a building that is about to be completely condemned. She has kept her door shut to the world of the living for fear that Mr. Death will come calling. One afternoon she hears a shooting and a man’s cries for help outside her door which beg her to risk facing Mr. Death… in The Twilight Zone.
The Hunt – by Earl Hamner, Jr.
Hyder Simpson and his dog, Rip, go raccoon hunting one evening, against the warnings of his wife about bad omens. Returning home the following morning, Hyder witnesses circumstances which lead him down a strange road where ultimately he must make a choice out of loyalty to Rip… in The Twilight Zone.
Reviews for ”The Twilight Zone” TV series which premiered on October 2, 1959:
“…Twilight Zone is about the only show on the air that I actually look forward to seeing. It’s the one series that I will let interfere with other plans” — Terry Turner, Chicago Daily News
“the best that has ever been accomplished in half-hour filmed television” — Daily Variety
“certainly the best and most original anthology series of the year” — New York Herald Tribune