Revenge of the Zombie Bridesmaids
by Sylvia Davenport-Veith
- GABRIELLE: (early 20s): Even though
she is disappointed she didn't land the leading role, she approaches her
part as a Bridesmaid Zombie extra with all the enthusiasm of a serious
artist. She is determined, ambitious, and somewhat of a snob.
- LIBBY: (early 20s): A pre-law
student on summer vacation, Libby landed this extra job as a Bridesmaid
Zombie through a Facebook connection. She has no acting experience and
tries hard to keep up with what is going on around her.
- BOYD/BONNIE: (early 20s): As the
Production Assistant on "Revenge of the Zombie Bridesmaids," Boyd/Bonnie
is responsible for getting the extras in place, communicating on his/her
headset with other production assistants, making sure props are
available, and orchestrating some of the basic movements.
Join Gabrielle and Libby on the set of Revenge of the Zombie Bridesmaids as
they prepare to play extras. Before production assistant Boyd/Bonnie exits
to get the actress playing the bride, he/she gives Gabrielle the news that
she will be the zombie who gets to take down the bride. Thrilled about this
career opportunity, Gabrielle throws herself into a series of exercises
which are interrupted by the hapless, Libby— who knows nothing about acting
or being on a movie set. Terrified that Libby’s inexperience will lead to
their scene being cut, Gabrielle becomes an instant acting coach working at
warp speed to define Libby as a prime actress. It’s one laugh after another,
culminating in a freak accident that brings the girls to a new
The wreckage of a garden wedding gone terribly wrong. A few
strewn folding chairs, a broken arch or trellis, stray body parts, ripped
flower vines, and a bench give us the feeling that something of incredible
force has torn through.
the age of ten, Sylvia was cast as the Widow Douglas in a children's theatre
production of Tom Sawyer. After she stopped weeping over failing to land the
part of Becky Thatcher, Sylvia discovered the fantastic bonanza that comes
with character roles. She also never forgot the electric excitement pulsing
through the cast as each child waited to step on stage for the first time.
Many years have passed since that long ago debut, but nothing has diminished
Sylvia's love of theatre. After earning a BFA in Theatre (High Honors) and
M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Florida, Sylvia relocated
to Atlanta, Georgia where she continued to appear on stage at a variety of
theatres. Additionally, she taught classes and directed plays of all genres
for the Shiloh High School Theatre Department (a.k.a. Shiloh Onstage) in
Snellville, Georgia. Sylvia directed her own play, Prom Night, for
Shiloh Onstage in 2006. She is thrilled the play won Second Place in the
2008 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Marilyn Hall Playwriting for Youth
Competition. Other plays by Sylvia include: Grandmothers' Gifts (to
be presented at The Bonderman Symposium Playwright Slam at the Indiana
Repertory Company in March 2009); and
A Snowy Night In Iowa
(selected by Process Theatre for its annual Read-a-Thon in November 2008).
Sylvia is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America; The American
Screenwriter's Association; The American Alliance for Theatre and Education;
and Working Title Playwrights.
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