The Virtual Stage to Present ALIEN CONTAGION: RISE OF THE ZOMBIE SYNDROME This Fall
The Virtual Stage is thrilled to present a brand new, immersive and spine-tingling theatrical adventure with ALIEN CONTAGION: RISE OF THE ZOMBIE SYNDROME, October 6 - November 1, 2015 at a top-secret location in Vancouver.
Andy Thompson, award-winning Artistic Director of The Virtual Stage and creator of the critically acclaimed Zombie Syndrome series has developed this exciting, new, immersive theatrical experience involving two deadly creatures -- zombies and aliens -- that is guaranteed to provide thrills and chills to Vancouver audiences this Halloween season!
Teams of 17 audience members are assigned with various specialist roles and are tasked to respond to a highly confidential NASA report about a downed Unidentified Flying Object that has crashed the earth. The exact location is unknown. To add to the mystery, the alien pilot is reportedly injured, has escaped, and is hiding in Vancouver. Unfortunately, every NASA official sent to locate the UFO has returned in a zombie-like state. In this interactive, smartphone-enabled and clue-breaking adventure, daring audience members must find the downed spacecraft, quell the nearby zombie uprising, and ultimately save the human race from the brink of extinction.
Check out a teaser for the show below!
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Andy Thompson - Creator, Writer, Director and Producer
Andy Thompson is an acclaimed, multi-award winning theatre and film artist. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Virtual Stage, a theatre company dedicated to the investigation of emerging technologies in theatre. Thompson is behind several sold out, hit shows in the past few years: the smart-phone enabled, roving theatre adventures The Zombie Syndrome (2012), The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island (2013), On Death's Door: Plague of The Zombie Syndrome (2014) and the sci-fi musical comedy Broken Sex Doll (2013) which toured Canada and was acclaimed by critics and hailed as a "cult classic" and "the next Big Thing in Canadian Theatre".
Thompson, an acting instructor at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts, selected two of his brightest and most promising acting graduates to star in the show:
- Rowan Jang will be starring in his breakout lead role as the powerful, omniscient, alien presence.
- Jennifer Hughes, is a recent graduate of VADA will be starring as an elite NASA scientist hell bent on ridding the planet of the frightening monsters that are invading the earth and threatening to destroy the human race. Jennifer is fluent in French.
Kyle Huculak - Makeup and Special Effects Artist and Creator of Alien Species
Kyle Huculak is a highly sought after film and TV makeup and special effects artist. He is the designer and creator of the new alien species in this fresh, out of this world production. Kyle is best known for his work on the award-winning horror film Afflicted.
Lanny Brown - Zombie Makeup artist
Lanny Brown is an award-winning makeup artist who placed first in the horror convention Crypticon in Seattle Washington. He is currently a special effects and prosthetics instructor at John Casablancas, and is one of the lead makeup artists who is responsible for creating the terrifying zombies in this production.
Photo of Rowan Jang as a Zombie with Alien by Andy Thomson. Alien model created by Kyle Huculak. Photo illustration by Andy Thompson. Alien model by Kyle Huculak.