A bit off topic, but this one was too good to resist. Fans of the movie Rushmore likely remember one of the movie’s best gags, high school student Max Fischer’s stage play recreation of the movie Serpico. Funny, but a North Bergen, New Jersey high school has done one better and translated that notion into the real world with their stage production of the movie Alien. Done as a labor of love, the play was a collaboration between three teachers and 16 students (the school doesn’t even have a drama department), and the sets and costumes were largely made from donated and recycled material. The video below shows the trailer that was made to advertise the play, and two scenes captured by audience members. Alien: The Play drew national attention, well deserved for this wonderful and inspiring work.





David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


6 Thoughts on "Alien, the Stage Play"

I think they did “Night of the Living Dead” previously. I’m very impressed that they did all the set and costumes for about $3000.

In North Bergen, everyone can hear you scream–with delight. Way to go, students and teachers!

Because of an oversight by its distributor, “Night of the Living Dead” is actually in the public domain, so adapting that film to the stage was perfectly legal.

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