Threat of zombies forces theater to cancel show

Imagine you’re at the theater enjoying a civilized evening of culture, featuring a classic play by Tennessee Williams.

Suddenly you hear pounding and screaming in the distance. Murmurs turn to disturbed whispers in the audience as even the actors are distracted by the growing noise.

Suddenly the lobby doors break open and you are confronted by a horde of zombies, dripping blood and crying out for fresh brains!

This, my friend, is all too real a concern for Theatre in the Round director Steven Antenucci.

“The last time it happened during a performance was in 2006 when we were performing, fittingly, A Plague of Angels – about Typhoid Mary. We had to lock the doors because zombies were trying to come into the lobby, ” remembers Antenucci.

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A participant from a past edition of Minneapolis’ annual Zombie Pub Crawl

Image courtesy Zombie Pub Crawl

Since then, the Zombie Pub Crawl has always occurred on the first weekend in October, happily when TRP was in between shows. Still the theater, located at Seven Corners, suffers damage each year: smears of fake blood on the billboards, on the building, and the overwhelming smell of urine in the alley behind the theater.

“We have to hose down everything,” says Antenucci.

This year the Zombie Pub Crawl moved to the second weekend in October, right on opening weekend of TRP’s production of Summer and Smoke.

Meanwhile, the crawl has grown from 150 zombies in 2005 to what some claim was 15,000 flesh eaters in 2011.

That’s simply too many for Antenucci.

“If we were doing a big loud musical, that might be one thing,” chuckled Antenucci. “But screams for brains and pounding on car hoods doesn’t quite go with Tennessee Williams.”

Summer and Smoke opens Friday, will go dark Saturday for the Zombie Pub Crawl, and will resume on Sunday.

  • HALE H HUNT

    seriously odd and F^^%ed up!

  • David Kaplan

    “If we were doing a big loud musical, that might be one thing,” chuckled Antenucci. “But screams for brains and pounding on car hoods doesn’t quite go with Tennessee Williams.”

    Perhaps not “Summer and Smoke,” but such things would go quite well with Mr. Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer”

  • AmyLeerae

    They’re seriously interrupting performances with the Zombie Pub Crawl?!? I find that incredibly disrespectful and rude to the actors, the audience, and everyone involved in the productions who puts their time and effort into putting shows up. Shows don’t go up for free, and the audience is also paying to see them. I’m not against the pub crawl, but don’t make it a free for all to go into a theater holding a performance!

  • Terry A

    I heartily agree with Amy. People should not be able to form a mob and infringe on the rights of others trying to enjoy any legal activity. It should be criminal. Where is our Minneapolis police Department when this is happening.

  • Rozina Breakseaupcycle

    Seeing that a number of local businesses are closing down to avoid the chaos of this Pub Crawl, perhaps the usefulness of the event has run its course. I assume the original intent was to bring business to the area, seemingly to the bars. Perhaps the zombies could bring their business to a new area ( that welcomes them…) next year?