By Wayne Harada
Sarah Wayne Callies, the Island actress from Fox’s “Prison Break” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” will discuss the zombie phenom in a talk at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Kennedy Theatre. Her talk is entitled “Chekov and Zombies: A Match Made in Heaven.”
Callies, who was Sara Tancredi on “Prison Break” for several seasons and appeared as Lori Grimes in “The Walking Dead” (though the character expired in a recent episode), will amplify the University’s recent zombie buzz, focusing on the fall drama production of the University of Hawaii Kennedy Theatre’s “Uncle Vanya and Zombies” earlier this fall. Her appearance caps a series of other community events dwelling on the zombie issues in public culture.
This is an op to hear, and applaud, one of Hawaii’s unsung actor heroes. She has accomplished quite a credit list the past few years, but as a local, she’s been somewhat in the shadows of the fraternity/sorority of homegrown celebs.
Free tickets will be available from 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Kennedy box office, prior to attendance, with a limit of one per person.
Callies grew up in Honolulu — her parents are law professor David E. Callies and English professor Valerie Wayne — before attending Dartmouth College, where she was a drama major graduating magna cum laude. She earned her master of fine arts degree at the National Theatre Conservatory.
She has a string of film and TV credits, but her role as a zombie apocalypse survivor on “The Walking Dead,” has boosted her celebrity.
The TV show deals with a group of survivors in a zombie wasteland — a theme that parallels the recent Markus Wessendorf production of the Chekovian “Uncle Vanya.”
Information: 955-7655 or www.hawaii.edu/kennedy.