The Body Snatchers

City Lit Theater Company

Chicago, IL

by Jack Finney

Director: Paul Edwards

Set Design: Roger Wykes

Lighting Design: Jeff Glass

Costume Design: Ricky Lurie

The Body Snatchers concerns a small-town doctor who discovers that the people around him are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. The seeds replace sleeping people with perfect physical duplicates grown from plantlike pods, while their human victims turn to dust. As the play progresses and the townspeople transform into their pod duplicates they add sun-glasses and wear the same look just in gray scale. In contrast, Miles and Becky, the two main characters, always wear a stark palette of black and white. 

Miles working collage with notes
Miles working collage with notes
Becky and Miles
Becky and Miles
Becky working collage with notes
Becky working collage with notes
Sunglasses working collage
Sunglasses working collage
Miles and the first signs
Miles and the first signs
Miles and Jack
Miles and Jack

"He's to perfect"

Wilma working collage with notes
Wilma working collage with notes

Showing transformation from color to grayscale

The Town starting to turn
The Town starting to turn

Sunglasses is the first sign

Grivett's gray police uniform
Grivett's gray police uniform
End of show
End of show

Full pod transformation