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The Zombie Apocalypse Is Here!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Robin Allen LaPlante

June 29, 2012

860.803.6506, robinallenlaplante@gmail.com

Boston, MA — The end of the world is nigh and people seek shelter at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.  New Exhibition Room presents Zombie Double Feature, featuring Midnight at the Last Night Cabaret and Terror at BPT each written respectively by NXR Artistic Directors A. Nora Long and Dawn M. Simmons.  The double bill will run August 2 through August 25 at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215.  Tickets available at www.newexhibitionroom.org. Warning contains: adult language, adult situations, ultra violence, and zombie dance breaks.  Parental guidance is suggested, may not be suitable for children under 17.

This double bill tells the giddily gruesome stories of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s new inhabitants.

In Midnight at the Last Night Cabaret we find ourselves at a crossroads wondering if the imminent doom palpable in the city is reality or a joke.  A group of performers gather at BPT to put on a vaudeville show as the world begins to collapse.  Our awareness of time, cataclysmic scope, and absurdity are challenged as zombies and the living boggle their way through the performance laying waste to everything in their path.  Only the audience can save us in this choose-your-own-adventure escapade through Boston’s last night as we know it.

Terror at BPT takes place months after the undead infestation has unleashed a pox upon humanity.  Survivors continue to gather at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre to wait out the ruin.  Under the watchful eye of The Vicar the inhabitants of BPT make fun where they can in close quarters where societal rules no longer apply.  After a day of bumping, grinding, and praising the lord, one couple shares a moment of intimacy with supernatural repercussions. 

“The zombie genre is a sneaky vehicle for commentary on social politics,” says Artistic Director Simmons. “It fits our mission of inciting dialogue in playful ways. We joked about doing this project during rehearsals for our first show Shh! in 2009. The more we talked about it the more serious the conversation became.  We discussed the drive in movie experience and the Robert Rodriquez/Quentin Tarantino Grindhouse revival.  The spirit of that revival feels like great energy to tap into especially for theatre in the summer. It’s exactly the spirit of all our theatrical endeavors. “

Artistic Director A. Nora Long directs Midnight at the Last Night Cabaret while Artistic Director Dawn M. Simmons directs Terror at BPT. The Zombie Double Feature cast includes NXR company members Hannah Husband and Lyndsay Allyn Cox. Returning to New Exhibition Room are Bryan Daley, Terrance Haddad, and Greer Rooney.  Bob Mussett, Melissa DeJesus, and Omar Robinson make their NXR debut.  Eric Propp (f/x and costumes), Emma Shimminger (lighting), Katie Tredway (props), Joe Marella (choreography), Deirdre Benson (Production Stage Manager), Melissa Barker (make-up crew), and Vawnya Nichols (ASM) round out the creative team.

Zombie Double Feature runs August 2 - August 25 at Boston Playwright’s Theatre at 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215.  Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM and Saturdays at 7PM and 10PM. Press is invited to attend the press performance on August 4 at 7PM.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.newexhibitionroom.org.

About New Exhibition Room:

Inspired by Boston’s revolutionary past, New Exhibition Room (NXR) develops original and cheeky theatrical events with a local interdisciplinary ensemble. Our work celebrates play, incites dialogue and champions affordability. 

NXR was founded in 2008 by A. Nora Long and Dawn M. Simmons.  Since inception, NXR has produced a mélange of events ranging from variety shows, one night stands, an internet series, and full length plays. Productions include: Interweb Variety Minute (ongoing), It Happened (we can't say when) (2011), Knit Flicks (2011), Zombie Survival Training (2011), Story Time Preservation Hour (2011), Shh! (2010), Theatre in Everything but Name (2010), Candyland (2010), Stone Soup: A Hearty Theatrical (2010),Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (FeverFest 2009: Friction), Shh! (2009), The Exhibitionists (Reading Series), Stone Soup: A Hearty Theatrical (2009), Shh! Excerpt (FeverFest 2008).

New Exhibition Room is a member of the Boston Center for the Arts Emerging Theatre Company Program.

About the Artistic Directors:

A. Nora Long is producing associate at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and a regular contributor to Suffolk University’s award-winning alumni magazine. She is a founding member of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston and occasionally teaches college and adult education classes in theatre. She has worked with several theatre companies in Boston as a writer, director, dramaturg and translator including the American Repertory Theatre, Mill 6, Whistler in the Dark and Another Country Productions. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in theatre and Italian. A Boston native, she currently lives downtown.

Dawn M. Simmons is a director and writer living in MA. Locally Dawn has directed or assistant directed for: Fresh Ink, The Theatre Offensive, Holland Productions, FeverFest (Small Theatre Alliance of Boston), The Boston Theatre Marathon, Mill 6, Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Another Country Productions, Company One, Boston Theatre Works, and As Yet To Be Theatre. In New York State, she spent 3 years with Irish Classical Theatre Company as their Resident Assistant Director. Simmons studied playwrighting at Boston University and earned her BA from The University at Buffalo. Dawn is the Director of Programs for StageSource and a founding member of The Small Theatre Alliance of Boston.

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Please join us for the press performance on August 4 at 7PM. For more information, for press pictures, or to make arrangements for an interview, please contact Robin Allen LaPlante at robinallenlaplante@gmail.com.