With fortune favoring the bold, Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group has announced a GoFundMe campaign to bring their signature show, Urban Death, to the 71st Annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest theater festival in the world.
Urban Death is Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group’s (ZJU) most recognizable show, crafting a series of horror vignettes designed to shock, delight and titillate audiences. Co-directed and created by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer in 2005 with music by Christopher Reiner, Urban Death brings sell-out crowds to ZJU for performance after performance and year after year.
“Bringing Urban Death to Edinburgh would be a dream come true,” says Zombie Joe. “But we can’t do it alone. We’re asking for $40,000 to cover our costs for registration, venue, housing, flights, and expenses for our actors for the month-long festival. We’re taking ten people, which breaks down to $4,000 per person.”
“We love our community and we’re reaching out to people who love Urban Death, who love Los Angeles theater, or just those who love horror,” says Jana Wimer “Going to Edinburgh is a massive undertaking, but we know how wonderful our show is, and we can’t wait to perform at the biggest theatrical showcase in the world.”
In addition to playing to audiences in Los Angeles at Urban Death's annual spring and fall runs (during the Halloween season guests must walk through a haunted maze to reach the show), the show has played in New York City, the Midsummer Scream Horror Convention, and Cape Town, South Africa.
“There may be many spooky stage productions around this Halloween, but few will approach the level of this one.” – New York Times
“Shrugging off this theatrical experience means missing the chance to share a room with cannibals, apparitions, sideshow-worthy freaks and gory scenes so close you can smell the latex. Sure, we love movies, but zombie attacks take on a whole new energy when they’re five feet away from you.” – Fangoria
“Zombie Joe’s Underground and Halloween go together like Norman Bates and motels…Although not for children or weak stomachs, Urban Death is perversely enjoyable in its necromantic way.” – LA Times
Fans and supporters can donate to the GoFundMe page by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/urbandeath, where they can watch a YouTube video of Zombie and Jana asking for donations (along with a few of their spooky friends). On the page donors can choose from a list of perks and prizes for their money. Prizes range from a $5 shout-out on Facebook to a $5,000 private performance of Urban Death for the donor and up to 50 of their closest friends. “Hell, if you donate $20,000 we’ll fly you to Edinburgh to see the show,” says Zombie Joe.
“This is a huge step, and one we’re thrilled to be taking,” says Jana Wimer. “We’re calling on the good will of our fans and friends to join the Urban Death family and bring us to Scotland this August."
“Urban Death is a visceral experience that has no equal,” says Zombie Joe. “And we can’t wait to share it with the world!”
Photo: Marti Matulis
Did you know?
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group aka Z.J.U. was born in August of 1992 in a small industrial garage in Northridge, California. The Underground continues to push the limits of live progressive theater as a vital experimental art form in honor of the famous Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and George Lucas.
Urban Death: Edinburgh GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/urbandeath
WHEN: Now thru April 1st, with the possibility of extension
WEBSITES: www.urbandeath.com and www.zombiejoes.com
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