Return of the Zombie Apocalypse!

You know how it is with zombies – they keep coming back.

True to form, the zombies featured in TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater’s one-act comedy, Now What, are hitting the comeback trail, and stopping off in coffee shops, restaurants and watering holes throughout Dane County.

The next expected zombie outbreak is Saturday, April 19, at 8 pm at the Café Carpe, at 18 South Water St. West in Fort Atkinson.  Tickets are $12.

The Zombie Apocalypse goes to Fort Atkinson, Cafe Carp, 8:00 PM, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Tickets: $12. Photo: Glenn Trudel

The Zombie Apocalypse goes to Fort Atkinson, Cafe Carp, 8:00 PM, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Tickets: $12. Photo: Glenn Trudel

Performing Now What in a café, instead of a theater, is like releasing this action-packed comedy into its natural environment.

That’s because Now What sets the Zombie Apocalypse in a coffee shop.  A successful businesswoman dealing with identity theft, a barista facing a romantic break-up and college graduation, a gender-ambiguous prepper and a mysterious but not well-wrapped woman who claims she works for the NSA, find themselves thrown together as the world lurches to an end.  As members of this motley crew struggle for survival, they gain new insights into themselves, the meaning of community and the surprising survival uses for stir sticks.

Taking full advantage of everything audience members think they know about zombies, this comedy lampoons society’s apocalyptic obsessions, and reminds us that even after you’ve gone over the edge, tomorrow is still the first day of the rest of your life.

Directed by Meghan Randolph and written by Danielle Dresden, Now What, is performed by Nedra Bobo, Francisco Torres, Donna Peckett and Dresden, with costumes by Rebecca Sites and appearances by guest zombies.

Since its premiere in November 2013, Now What and its original and undead cast have left a trail of tickled funny bones from Akron, Ohio to Madison, Wisconsin.  Additional dates are planned, so stay alert, and keep your stir sticks with you.

Contact the Café Carpe at info@cafecarpe.com or 920-563-9391 for reservations and more information.  Contact TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater at info@tapitnewworks.org or 608-244-2938 for more information about the Zombie Apocalypse Coffee Shop Tour

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