[Image Description: A light beige background with a graphic of a head split into three parts. The top left section is a green zombie face, the top right section is a purple mannequin face, and the bottom section is a hot pink human face with a neutral expression. Text reads: "Zombie, Mannequins, and Talking Heads: Staged Readings of Three New Plays. May 9th-11th, 7PM | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. May 9th: Vascular Necrosis by Jordyn Wood. May 10th: Faye's Room by Alex Masse. May 11th: Saturday Nights At Axles." Graphic Design by Samantha Walters]

Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads

Staged Readings of Three New Plays

Realwheels Theatre unleashes three bold and original scripts-in-development as part of their play reading series Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads. Created by playwrights who identify with disability, the scripts include Vascular Necrosis by Jordyn Wood, Faye’s Room by Alex Masse, and Saturday Nights at Axles by Adam Grant Warren.

DATES: May 8 – May 11, 2024
WHERE: The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver







For questions, access needs, or to register via email, contact: access@realwheels.ca or call and leave a message at 604.322.7325

Content forecasts for the staged readings are available HERE.


May 8th, 7pm — Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads Gala Launch
Tickets are $5 at https://bit.ly/3xcf4nB
Join us for an evening of mixing, mingling, and dancing to celebrate the series opening! Vibe along with our DJ and enjoy one of our specialty themed drinks — a Necrotizer, a Sweetbuns Specialty Espresso Martini, or a Bent Axle Beer. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available.


May 9th, 7pm — Vascular Necrosis by Jordyn Wood
Presented in association with Bramble Theatre Collective
Tickets are $10 at https://bit.ly/4cshJcN
Director — Arthi Chandra
Dramaturg — Mily Mumford
Vascular Necrosis is a disjointed narrative that subverts typical zombie tropes to explore identity, chronic illness, and belonging. Five years ago, Penelope killed herself. Four years ago, she rose from the dead as a man-eating monster. Now, with the help of “de-necrotizers” – medication meant to subdue these man-eating instincts, she gets to rejoin society in the land of the living. But how do you exist in a world you never wanted to be a part of? Vascular Necrosis follows Penelope’s journey as she’s torn between the life she had before, and the after-life she wants to live.


May 10th, 7pm — Faye’s Room by Alex Masse
Presented in association with the frank theatre
Tickets are $10 at https://bit.ly/4cshJcN
Director — Angelica Schwartz
Dramaturg — Veronique (V) West
Faye’s Room is the story of Faye Buckley, an autistic lesbian who works at a queer cafe… and happens to have the power to summon and hide in a magical sensory room at will. When she becomes trapped in this room with her least favourite coworker, son of the founder and token heterosexual Chase McLure, an unlikely bond forms, and the two find themselves having a bit more in common than they’d thought. Faye’s Room is about neurodivergent solidarity, intergenerational bonds, and internalized ableism. It thrusts viewers into the autistic perspective, a world of living mannequins, traveling rooms, and ghosts.


May 11th, 7pm — Saturday Nights at Axles by Adam Grant Warren
Community Partner — Neworld Theatre
Tickets are $10 at https://bit.ly/4cshJcN
Director & Dramaturg — Chelsea Haberlin
When top-tier travel Youtuber and wheelchair-user Ramona Peet finally returns to Axles — the only fully wheelchair accessible bar in all of downtown St John’s — her old friends are right where she left them. She says she’s back to record a come-home video for her (wildly successful) channel, but as the night goes on the real reason why Ramona wants her old pals on camera comes to light… and forces everyone to answer questions of belonging, identity, and perspective that none of them have ever faced before. Ramona least of all.


May 11th, 12:30pm — Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads Panel
RSVP for FREE at https://bit.ly/3vtsnPT
Facilitated by Davey Samuel Calderon, join playwrights Alex Masse (Faye’s Room), Adam Grant Warren (Saturday Nights at Axles), and Jordyn Wood (Vascular Necrosis) as they discuss their work and creative process. This is a FREE event.


“With the transition to new leadership, we asked ourselves what we wanted this next evolution of the company to be,” says Adam Grant Warren, series playwright and Co-Artistic Director of Realwheels. “We knew there needed to be more original work from a broader spectrum of lived disability experience. We knew we had to give that work the time and focus it deserves. And we knew we wanted to fully engage our audiences with it. Not just with whatever “final product” but with the process. We want folks to invest in our productions with us. To feed in. To come back and see them change. We think ZMaTH is the perfect place to start making that investment, and we hope folks are as excited as we are to see these pieces grow.”

— Adam Grant Warren, Co-Artistic Director of Realwheels Theatre

This series is generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Vancouver Foundation, City of Vancouver, and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.