In Bill Connington's Zombie, audiences are shown the private life of Oates' Quentin P. - sex offender, serial killer, and deceptively mild-mannered monologuist. The New York Times called the piece "a chilling one-man study of perversity" while The Village Voice said that the play delivers "a haunting glimpse into the mind of a serial killer." Zombie won an award in 2008 as Outstanding Solo Show from the FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards. Thomas Caruso directs. Scenic design by Josh Zangen, lighting design by Joel E. Silver and music / sound design by Deirdre Broderick.
The Friday performance will include a pre-show panel discussion beginning at 5:30pm with Joyce Carol Oates, as well as John Jay's own forensic psychologists and serial killer experts Dr. Louis Schlesinger, Dr. Katherine Ramsland, and Dr. Abby Stein. Joyce Carol Oates, winner of the National Book Award and a three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, is a prolific author known for her exceptional insight into the dark underbelly of the human psyche. After the performance, Ms. Oates will sign copies of Zombie as well as her latest novel. The Wednesday and Saturday performances will include a talk-back with Bill Connington after the performances.