(New York, NY) –What appears to be a violently mutating zombie virus originating in upstate New York will soon spill into the Bronx, resulting in NIGHTMARE: Z-DAY, the day the Zombie Apocalypse begins. Set to strike New York City’s Bronx section on Friday, October 7, 2011, NIGHTMARE: Z-DAY will ensue until October 31, 2011, the earliest date experts believe a retro-viral vaccine will be made available. Timothy Haskell, Creator of NIGHTMARE, New York’s Most Horrifying Haunted House, along with Bronx resident and professional haunter, Bobby Ferrara, are the co-creators and directors.
Preliminary quarantine protocols are beginning in the Bronx, and 1157 Commerce Avenue (Pelham Bay) has been identified as the safest location for city residents to take refuge before the outbreak spreads to uncontainable levels. But many claim that location has already been tainted with infection and several zombie sightings have already been reported. Those brave enough to seek out this location during the fall are advised to avoid being bitten at all costs.
A more traditional haunted house than Nightmare's trademark theatricality downtown, NIGHTMARE: Z-DAY is an onslaught of monsters lurking in the dark and lunging out at every corner. And by monsters, we mean flesh eating zombies...and lots of them. Participants experience the entire zombie ouvre the same way a character in a horror film would. Witness the nefarious means that create them, their coming alive, the chasing, eating, terrorizing and ultimately, their destruction. You will never know when you are safe.
Hailing from the Bronx, Co-Creator Bobby Ferrara is a longtime haunt enthusiast, horror nut and home haunter. He has been collecting haunt props and animatronics for some time and studying haunts from around the country - waiting for the day to open his own attraction. Now partnering with downtown's Nightmare and creator Timothy Haskell, he is finally bringing one to his own backyard.
Timothy Haskell (Creator and Co-Director) recently directed Off-Broadway’s Stitching (The Wild Project and The Elephant in Los Angeles), The Jaded Assassin (Ohio Theatre), Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy starring Corey Feldman at the Classic Stage Company, Corporate Rock (Blue Heron Arts Center) and the Paris Hilton spoof I Love Paris by Doug Fields also at the Blue Heron Arts Center. At 13 months, I Love Paris was one of the longest-running solo shows in Off-Broadway history. He also co-curated and produced the first ever Fight Festival at The Brick Theatre premiering his new work Last Life that later transferred to the Ohio Theatre. He is perhaps best known for creating and directing the cult hit Road House: The Stage Play, which transferred from Off-Off Broadway to Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. Mr. Haskell is also the creator and director of the annual Nightmare: New York’s Most Horrifying Haunted House. The most recent installation was Nightmare: Superstitions. Nightmare: Fairy Tales is the current Nightmare theme, running downtown on the Lower East Side this October.
The NIGHTMARE: Z-DAY artistic team is headed up by Paul Smithyman (Production Designer) and Justin Haskell (Art Director) and David Hinkle (associate Art Director). The rest of the team includes: Garin Marshall (Lights), David Roy (sound), Aaron Haskell (specialty props) and Candice Thompson (costumes).
Tickets for NIGHTMARE: Z-DAY are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and $30 for VIP between October 7th and 16th, 2011. Between October 21st - 31st tickets are $20 per person (no student rate), $40 VIP tickets are also available. Visit www.ovationtix.com call 212.352.3101. For a complete schedule of hours visit: www.nightmarebronx.com.
By Subway: Take the 6 train to Zerega Avenue. Exit near the intersection of ZEREGA AVE and WESTCHESTER AVE. Walk South East on ZEREGA AVE towards BUTLER PL. Turn left onto GLEASON AVE and then right onto COMMERCE AVE.