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Theatrical Performance of ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode Part of Ithaca College’s Rod Serling Conference

ITHACA, NY — One of the most memorable episodes of the “Twilight Zone” television series has been adapted into a theatrical production that will be performed as part of Ithaca College’s Rod Serling Conference, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8–9.

It’s a Good Life” is the story of a six-year-old boy with enormous and inexplicable mental powers. The adaption by 2012 Ithaca College theater graduate Dan Jones incorporates puppetry, live performance, installation art and animation.

The production will be staged at 8 p.m. each night at The Studio in Center Ithaca (former Cinemapolis location). While there is no admission charge, tickets can be reserved at http://itsagoodlife.brownpapertickets.com.

The rest of the Rod Serling Conference, sponsored biennially by Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, is being held for the first time this year in Los Angeles.

Serling taught at Ithaca College from 1967 until his untimely death in 1975, and the college is home to the Rod Serling Archives. The conference will feature a keynote panel of “Twilight Zone” experts:

  • Earl Hamner Jr., the writer/producer best known for creating the CBS series “The Waltons,” whose first script acceptance for the “Twilight Zone” gave him his Hollywood writing break
  • Marc Zicree, author of “The Twilight Zone Companion” and television scriptwriter whose credits include “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Babylon 5”
  • Arlene Martel, actress whose work includes two “Twilight Zone” episodes

Anne Serling will give a reading from her recently published book “As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling.” The program will also include presentations on topics ranging from “Sending the Extremists to the Cornfield: Rod Serling’s Crusade Against Radical Conservatism” to “The Joy of Influence: Serling’s Impact on Comics Writing.”

For a detailed conference schedule, visit www.ithaca.edu/rhp/serling.              

“It’s a Good Life” originated as a darkly humorous short story by Jerome Bixby about a boy who holds his isolated Ohio town in terror, awe and rigid conformity. It was adapted by Serling for a 1961 episode that has been ranked by Time Magazine and TV Guide as among the series top 10, as well as included as a segment in 1983’s “Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Dan Jones earned his degree in theatre studies, with concentrations in directing, playwriting and dramaturgy. While a student, he directed adaptations of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451” and George Saunders’s short story “Jon.” He is a two-time winner of the Delaware Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Festival. Since moving to New York City, he has worked on puppetry builds for both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

The puppetry team for “It’s Good Life” will be led by fellow Ithaca College theatre graduate Chava Curland ’11.

For more information, contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or mgattine@ithaca.edu.




Originally published in Media Relations: Theatrical Performance of ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode Part of Ithaca College’s Rod Serling Conference.


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