Smart bets: Night of the Living Dead

Since the Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective formed in 2010, it has delivered challenging and edgy performances to Western North Carolina. The troupe’s latest? Night of the Living Dead. The cult-horror flick is known for its gory progenation of zombie culture, but local writer and director Rodney Smith adapted the frame of the story to address modern cultural questions. “Although our show’s overall narrative is the same as the original film, our theme exploration is a bit different,” he says. “Each of the characters represents a unique facet of society — how they act, interact and generate resolve with each other is really what moves this narrative along.” Catch the reimagining of the classic at The Magnetic Theatre from Thursday, Nov. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. $18/$21. differentstrokespac.org. Photo courtesy of Rodney Smith

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Writer scribbling away in the shaky lines of the mountains.

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