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 BREAKING NEWS  January 15, 2016

Beautiful Cadaver Zombie Potluck Fundraiser

There will be a Zombie Potluck on Saturday, January 30th at 2 pm to benefit Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh, surrealist theater company that focuses on showcasing local playwrights and experimental collaborations. This project is the recipient of an Arts MODE fellowship from The Zombie Opera’s own fiscal sponsor, New Sun Rising.

The event will include:
Chinese raffle,
Intuitive readings by Michelle Handa of Castle Blood,
Meet and greet with the project creators,
Sneak peak of the upcoming season,
….and a costume contest judged by Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera’s own Bonnie Bogovich and Liz Rishel.

Come support some fresh new corpses as they expand Pittsburgh’s arts community and embrace our undying love for the living dead!

220 North Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15209
2 – 5 pm

Suggested Donation:
$10 – $15
$5 – $10 if bringing a covered dish
$5 children and students

For more info, see their Facebook event!

 BREAKING NEWS  October 4, 2015

Five Year Anniversary Fun!

11147121_10153609523869675_9099055512937328139_nWe were overjoyed by the effusive response we received last night at our Five-Year Anniversary Party at Mr. Smalls theater! It was a delight to see so many familiar faces, recounting so many memories, and welcoming new audiences young and old! It is nothing short of heart-warming to hear stories of the ripples created by our strange little project, and it was enchanting to see the amazing new cut of the Fall 2011 DVD edited by Chris Galgon (http://www.chrisemilyvideo.com/). For those interested, please stay tuned for pre-order information!

We are eternally grateful to the staff at Mr. Smalls, particularly Shaunden and Sabrina, who made the evening run so splendidly, and to Liz and Mike for hosting us. We also want to recognize Bob Miller, Emily Swora, and Jordan Speranzo, and David Egyud who joined us on stage to perform a few Zombie Opera favorites. Another special thanks to Marjorie Rishel, Matt Kucic, Marylou Lenhart, and Jim Newsome, who forewent unencumbered revelry to help us run the production part of the event.

Another delightful surprise was the response we received to the introduction of new and recent projects, including two world premieres.

  • “Waltz de Chocobo, featuring the Bwack Choir” is a piece arranged by Bonnie Bogovich for the fan cover album entitled Materia: Final Fantasy VII Remixed, which will be released and available for download on Friday, October 9th. The album is comprised of conceptual arrangements of Final Fantasy VII music that range in style, tone, and instrumentation, chosen by and tailored to the strengths and interests of each composer.
  • “The Fireflower Duet,” performed by Liz and Bonnie, is a parody of Lakmé’s famous Sous le dôme épais, re-lyricized as a duet between Link and Zelda (disguised as Sheik) for the new project, Super Smash Opera. The show features an original plot featuring the cast of the Super Smash Brothers games, and is set to the music of Opera’s most famously recognizable tunes.
  • “The Pitch,” performed by Liz Rishel, Jordan Speranzo (both Zombie Opera Alums), Sean Lenhart, and William Strom, was written for a new project entitled Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Knox Mill, which is a steampunk ghost story set in Industrial Revolution Pittsburgh. The project is currently in production, and is promoting its upcoming fundraiser on November 20, the Steampunk Ball and Fashion Cotillion, also at Mr. Smalls Theater.

A joyous night for all, we are grateful to everyone who came out to help make this event special!

 BREAKING NEWS  October 2, 2015

UPDATE: Never-before-seen Screening of the Zombie Opera 2011!

A special piece of good news for you Zombie Opera Fans!  The special screening of the DVD at the Zombie Opera Five-year Anniversary party at Mr. Smalls Theater will feature the premiere showing the never-before-seen special cut of the Zombie Opera 2011 filmed at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater!  The new release will feature a wide cast of dedicated Stage Zombies and the directing talents of Christiana Molldrem Harkulich! Come enjoy the updated cut, enhanced mic audio, multi-level action, and Zombie-infused mayhem!  Event on Facebook

 BREAKING NEWS  September 14, 2015

Zombie Opera Anniversary at Mr. Smalls!

The Zombie Opera is proud to send an open invitation to join us in celebrating our Five-Year Anniversary at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale on October 3rd, 2015.

Scheduled festivities:

  • Doors will open at 6, with DJ music by Arvin Clay.
  • At 7 pm, cast members of the Zombie Opera will reiterate some of their feature pieces from the performance, as well as some pieces from recent and upcoming projects.
  • At 8 pm, The grand feature of the evening will be the first public screening of the Fall 2011 final performance of Evenings In Quarantine: The Zombie Opera. If you’ve never seen the opera, seats will be available in the front of the theater for uninterrupted viewing.

In addition to the scheduled festivities, never before seen behind-the-scenes footage from the filming and production of the 2010 performance will be running continuously throughout the event.

Age Limit?

This is an all-ages event, with a cash bar area in the back of the theater. Food will be available for purchase at the Mr. Smalls Restaurant.


All Zombie Opera participants (folks who were involved with the show from 2010-2011, our extras, cast, crew, volunteers etc) get in FREE. There is a $5 cover charge for non-Zoperans, aka general admission.

*Dvd of our first performance w director audio commentary, audio recordings, and more information can be purchased online
We will also have physical copies of the premiere dvd for sale on site at the event!

For more information see our Facebook Event Page!

 BREAKING NEWS  August 29, 2015

Five Year Anniversary Extravaganza

Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera
Five Year Anniversary Extravaganza SAVE THE DATE!

Can you believe it’s been FIVE YEARS since we premiered The Zombie Opera at the Grey Box Theater? We would like to commemorate this milestone with a Five-Year-Anniversary Celebration/Reunion at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.

The evening will be an all-ages event with a separate bar area in the back. We will be projecting the DVD as the main feature of the evening, but will also be performing a few selections from the show, and a few sneak peaks of upcoming projects, and maybe even a few clips from the Behind-The-Scenes making of The Zombie Opera! More details to come.

If you’ve ever seen The Zombie Opera live, we welcome you to share your memories and relive the experience. If you’ve never seen The Zombie Opera, now is your chance to see it in our first ever public screening of the live footage.

Please remember to save the date, and kick off your Halloween season with a night of memories, shenanigans, and scream-singing!

With love and brains,
Zopera’s Artistic Directors, “Ronnie” and “Izzie”
Bonnie and Liz

UPDATE: Click here for party description and details

 BREAKING NEWS  July 19, 2015

Zombie Opera Masterminds to speak at Confluence

The creators and support behind the Zombie Opera are planning to share some of their stories as panelists at Confluence Sci-Fi & Literature Convention this weekend.

Bonnie Bogovich and Liz Rishel will lend their insight into the choices and challenges that they faced when writing for their Zombie Opera Avatars in the panel “Women in Horror.” Edwin Huang and Nathan Fullerton will be featured on a panel about “What it Takes to Make an Indie Film.” Marjorie Rishel will speak about balancing her characters when writing for her web comics in the panel “Gender in Fantasy.” At “Audioscapes for Created Worlds” Bonnie will share some of her experience as a sound/music designer at Schell Games. Bonnie, Liz, and Marj will also be featured on the panel “Once More With Laughter” wherein they will discuss how they went about building story-based musical entertainment.

All of these panels will be on Saturday, July 25th, between 12 noon and 11 pm, surrounding a performance of the team’s new production, Super Smash Opera, an operatic ode to the Super Smash Brothers games, with Zombie Opera’s Jordan Speranzo as Starfox, which will be performed at 8 pm with QA to follow. Weekend passes available online, single day passes available at the door.

 BREAKING NEWS  June 26, 2015

“Aidan” joins “Ronnie” and “Izzie” in Super Smash Opera

Jordan Speranzo as "Aidan Bower"Jesse Buddington, the San Fransisco “long-distance tenor” who performed with Super Smash Opera for MAGfest is sadly unable to perform in this summer’s Pittsburgh performances at Confluence and Replay FX, so local performers were auditioned to substitute. To fill the role of Star Fox, who should step up to perform, but Jordan Speranzo – the actor who performed the role of Aidan Bower in the filmed portion of Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera! Five years older and all grown up, it’s amazing to look back and remember this budding performer as the same child who was playing with his own intestines on the hallway floor. Life comes full circle as Jordan sings with Bonnie and Liz once again, five years later! Read more at SuperSmashOpera.com

 BREAKING NEWS  May 23, 2015

Five years later the Five heads look back…

barryzombieoperamashup1b“Five months before our Five year anniversary, the Five production heads of Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera meet to discuss how it all happened.”

Five years ago, The Zombie Opera was in the midst of filming it’s theatrical segments and background action for it’s October 2010 premiere. All these years later, the team has assembled to discuss what made the production a success. Each team member knew their responsibilities and played to their strengths, but the key components behind the Zombie Opera were the driving passion that we all felt for the project, open communication among all the people involved, and the kindness and generosity of all the Pittsburghers who donated their time, talents, and resources, placing their faith in us and our mission.


Thanks yinz- we remember!

Pictured: Bonnie Bogovich (“Ronnie,” Artistic Director), Liz Rishel (“Izzie,” Artistic Director), Barry Bogovich [on ipad screen](Film Director/Editor), Arvin Clay (Special FX/Makeup Designer), and Edwin Huang (Director of Photography)

 BREAKING NEWS  April 8, 2015

Back to life: Zombie culture thrives in Pittsburgh

Mention of our show in this article by Pitt News: Back to life: Zombie culture thrives in Pittsburgh

From 2010 to 2011, three successful runs of the stage production “Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera” ran at the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville and at Pittsburgh’s Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in East Liberty, according to the show’s website. The website explains that the opera acknowledged Pittsburgh as the “birthplace of the zombie.”

They posted the article before we were allowed to give a quote, but its nice to see so many zombie based projects thriving in George Romero’s hometown:)

 BREAKING NEWS  December 21, 2014

Smash Opera Performing at MAGfest 2015


The application for Bonnie and Liz’s new project, Super Smash Opera, has been accepted and will be performed at MAGfest 2015 as an hour-long panel on Friday, Jan 23, at 4:30. While classical adaptations are not unprecedented at MAGfest, this production will blaze a grand entrance for opera to announce its triumphant, vengeful, and hilarious return into the stylings of contemporary, media-based entertainment.

Check out the Super Smash Opera website to read more about the project, and continue checking the MAGfest website for the most updated information about the panel performance!