Realwheels Theatre’s “Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads” brings in-development works to the stage

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      Three new in-development scripts from Realwheels Theatre are set to debut at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in May.

      The play reading series, Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads, is the latest from the theatre company that showcases work from playwrights and actors who identify with a disability.

      “With the transition to new leadership at Realwheels, we asked ourselves what we wanted this next evolution of the company to be,” says co-artistic director Adam Grant Warren in a release. “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 actual process. To feed in. To come back and see them change. We think Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads is the perfect place to start making that investment, and we hope folks are as excited as we are to see these pieces grow.”

      The series will feature works from playwrights Jordyn Wood, Alex Masse, and Warren himself, exploring themes of identity and belonging through their scripts.

      Faye’s Room by Masse follows autistic lesbian Faye Buckley, who can summon a magical sensory room and forms an unlikely bond with co-worker Chase.

      Woods’ Vascular Necrosis explores identity and belonging as Penelope, a former zombie, grapples with life and society’s expectations after being resurrected.

      Finally, Warren’s Saturday Night at Axles follows wheelchair user Ramona Peet as she reunites with old friends at a fully accessible bar, uncovering truths about her long-lost companions.

      A panel discussion rounds out the reading series, free of charge, on May 11.

      Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads 

      May 9 to 11

      Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)

      Tickets: $10 per reading; free admission with RSVP for panel discussion, available here