The avant-garde troupe that’s unafraid to break the rules and mess with your head. D Magazine
Hellbent on keeping it left-of-center. It's Friday night with the Dead White Zombies, anything can happen. Dallas Observer
As we have come to expect, the artistic vision is beyond well-executed.
Art + Culture, Texas
Official Tacos of the Dead White Zombies
Trying to explain Dead White Zombies is no easy task: the local avant-garde theater troupe isn’t just avant-garde: they’re wild. They aren’t just a “theater” troupe — they exist in site-specific installations. And, well, they aren’t strictly about acting, either: they perform, they create, they move, they make music, and they challenge everything you think you know about the arts.
Jennifer Davis-Lamm, Dallas Observer
Official Beer of the Dead White Zombies
Official Friend and Generous Benefactor. Thanks, Butch McGregor!
Going to a Dead White Zombies show is always an adventure, none more so than its latest production, Holy Bone...Dead White Zombies sits at the far edge of the suddenly thriving Dallas avant-garde.
Manny Mendoza, Dallas Morning News
Photos for this site by: Alisa Eykillis, Dean Terry, Willie Baronet, John Lehman, Adnan Naseem Khan, Michael Cleveland and Thomas Riccio.
Dead White Zombies
Sound Design: Scot Gresham-Lancaster
The performance left an indelible impression on me. At moments during the performance, I felt confused, manipulated, irritated, defiant, contemplative, peaceful, and by the end—completely exhausted both physically and mentally. My one regret is that I didn’t go twice.
Colette Copeland, Glasstire
Official Major Supporter
photos: Alisa Eykillis, John Lehman, Thomas Riccio
As with much of DWZ's work, the immersive aspect forces audiences to examine their own value system.
American Theatre Magazine
No other company is experimenting with the kind of intellectually stirring and socially urgent content matter that Dead White Zombies so brazenly tackles. Pegasus News
There are no comfy seats, glossy playbills or curtain calls. They’ve long jettisoned those theatrical touchstones. Though there are scenic elements, they occur in concert with their environment like art installations taking advantage of the buildings, the neighborhood and even the time of day. The dusk night sky lends itself to stunning visuals of downtown in particular. The immersive environments allow for more varied sensory input than traditional theatre. Soundscapes are employed in many of the locations with an emphasis on blurring boundaries of the noise of the environs be they physical or mental. In one stunningly vast room, the quiet was engulfing on the night I walked through. In another, the source of sound was moved around the audience instead. There are locations that traffic in olfactory overload like incense. Sprinkled along the way are interactive moments from the tactile to taste (homebrew Ginger Ale, Anyone?). Be ready for anything. You’ll need more than sensible shoes for this journey.
You Look Worried. Don't be. Subscribe to DWZ's mailing list and open the door to the other side. Click the pic.
The DWZ show which succeeded in truly marrying spirituality and performance for a western audience.
Jennifer Smart, Arts and Culture
Each initiate is asked to hold their most significant Holy Bone memory at the end of their journey. An expression held in high resolution by a professional photographer, John Lehman. Click to download!