image001Thursday and Friday night at the new Skeen Black Box Theater in the Cole Complex at West Virginia State University, The undead will  trod the boards, all for a good cause. “Maul of the Dead” by Mitch Brian,is a fish out of water story about people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in a mall. At least that’s what student Director Joshua Drew says.

“Maul of the Dead” will be presented Oct. 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM. and 11 PM. “It’s a funny, silly take on the ever popular world of zombies,” said Professor of Theatre Susan Marrash-Minnerly. “How can you not love a play about humans being trapped by zombies in a JC Penney store?”

This sounds like a load of fun. With a very low ticket price and a youthful, exhuberant cast and crew, “Maul of the Dead” looks to be a real Halloween treat. The 11 PM showings are perfect, not only to set the mood, but also so folks can attend other events and then head to the campus of WVSU for a fun and spooky nightcap.

“The intimate theater setting is sure to give the audience an up-close and personal interaction with zombies and survivors”, Promises Drew, Students are handling all major areas of production, and “that’s what makes this so exciting,” according to Minnerly.

Tickets, priced at a mere $3, are on sale at the door. All proceeds will be used to advance live theater on campus. “We are raising funds to make bigger and better productions here at WVSU. Live theater should be a top-of-mind entertainment option; with quality and affordability,” Drew said.

For more information on Box Five Theater and “Maul of the Dead,” contact Susan Marrash-Minnerly at