Have you read Joyce Carrol Oats? Zombie is an adaptation of her novella of the same name, and it is that dark.
It is a terrifying drama written by Bill Connington and adapted from the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, a psychopath pedophile kidnaps boys and tries unsuccessfully to turn them into zombies with an ice pick. It is the thing of nightmares but does what theater does the best; it takes you to place you would otherwise never go. An intense one-act, Zombie, won the 2008 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Solo Show.
"Not for the faint of heart . . . rewards intrepid theatergoers, delivering a haunting glimpse into the mind of a serial killer . . . ."
--Andy Propst, The Village Voice
Zombie is suitable only for ages 16 and older due to violence and sexuality.
BAT produced Zombie live on stage in 2010. Here is part of a letter we received during that run:
Finally, I came to understand why you'd want to put on this show; and I can certainly see why any actor worth his salt would kill to perform it: it's a tour de force. My initial reaction had been mostly caught up in a knee-jerk reflex: My God, Burien can't do a show like this! Which, of course, is precisely why Burien should do a show like this.
I can't imagine what the reaction some unsuspecting audience members are likely to have to Zombie. But at the same time, I'm very proud to have some association with a theatre company that would be daring enough to mount such an unsettling production.