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August 1–11, 2013 / Minneapolis

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Schrödinger's Apocalypse

Comedy /

By Rooftop Theatre Company

Created by Tim Wick & John Newstrom

From St. Cloud, MN

The zombies have taken over the Earth! Or have they? Three years after the apocalypse, the world as we know it may or may not have ended. Is it time to leave the safety of the underground bunker or stay there?

Physical theater/Clowning, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror

World premiere, Greater Minnesota company (outside the metro area)

Just so you know, this show has Adult language.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Sunday, 8/4 7:00 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 10:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, 8/6 7:00 p.m.
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Friday, 8/9 8:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/11 2:30 p.m.
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Audience reviews

Zombie Fan Fun

By Mary Hoelscher / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I'm a zombie fan and enjoyed the myriad of allusions! To the shows admission, this is a quirky re-imagining of Sartre's play No Exit. This is a drama with a few good jokes.

Worth going

By Heather Somes / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I had read one of the reviews earlier this week and the review said it was a bit slow in the middle. I was waiting for it to lag and did not feel that it did.
Enjoyed the talent of the cast and felt that the audience also enjoyed the show. Plenty of laughter and some great lines. I recommend the show and say go see it. Room for a sequel.

Good with room to grow

By Will Weisert / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Tim Wick's story amuses while attempting to the address the question whether maintaining a woefully inadequate status quo outweighs the risk presented by change. The mix of a mostly humorous zombie backdrop with that more serious thought needs just a bit more jiggling to smooth the transition from a wisecrack-filled beginning to a serious conclusion.

Tired of Zombies

By Pj Doyle / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Premise was sort of funny, but relied on zombie theme too much. Could use some punching up in the middle.

Are you prepared?

By Sarajo Wentling / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 26 shows

This one is probably more of a 3 1/2 stars but I rounded up. Combining the the theoretical possibilities of Schrodinger's Cat with the zombie apocalypse made for an interesting premise for this well written and acted show. I enjoyed the humor behind the absurdity of the situation the characters find themselves in.

Lacked movement...

By Scott Gilbert / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 16 shows

If you like No Exit - You should see this show. I felt that the pacing dragged that the piece lost an opportunity to make a stronger point by speeding through the ending.

And if you need an important prop (Action Comic #1) it should at least attempt to be in the ballpark.

More Than Zombies

By Richard Shields / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show has a lingering zombie presence, but is about much more. It explores when to move beyond the comfort zone we often get stuck in. Tim Wicks story is well written and the three on-stage performers do a good job moving beyond a basic comedy.

1 person found this review helpful

Not what I expected

By Mark Goldberg / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I have seen quite a few plays written by Tim Wick over the years and this one was a far different experience. This was not as funny as previous shows, nor was it intended to be. It was much more focused on characters, their development and an exploration of pushing ourselves to do things we were not sure we were capable of doing.

In many ways, this is a show that embodies the spirit of what the Fringe Festival is all about. This production had me thinking about myself and some of the choices I have made in my life, and that is the highest compliment I can give any work of art

Predictable bunkerful of geeks

By Fringivitis Vulgaris / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 33 shows

Yeah, I laughed at some of the lines. I know nerds like that: gamers, survivalists, comic geeks, DIYers. Too bad these characters weren't more sympatico. No blazing insights nor deep art in this show, just some folks trapped unexpectedly for a long haul. The staging did support the illusion of being in a bunker.

Fun but frustrating

By Andrew Troth / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 28 shows

One of the characters in this show is a comic book store owner with a theater degree.

*I* am a comic book store owner with a theater degree. So, that's a little eerie. But my resemblance to the character pretty much ends there, so I don't actually think author Tim Wick has been stalking me or anything.

This is a good, smart, funny script. The production could have been better. I won't go into all of the issues I had with it, but there's one I cannot leave unmentioned: A complete and utter failure of prop design, regarding an essential prop that is discussed and handled several times during the show. It's the focal point of one character's emotional journey, and apparently nobody cared to make it remotely convincing. What a shame.

Thought provoking

By Eve Adam / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Good cast. Good script. Interesting topic.

A character-study of survival. Is it enough to exist, locked away, not having purpose in life and not knowing what has happened outside?

See for yourself.

Loved this show!

By Peter Knaeble / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was great. It had a simple premise about being stuck in an underground bunker during a Zombie attack, but the interaction of the three characters was anything but simple. The actors were both funny and serious. Well worth your time.

A superposition of fate

By Lesli Randall / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Well written, good acting, and extremely thought-provoking. Pacing was slow, but with time and polish, this could be more than just an average Fringe production.

It's the "much more" that another reviewer mentioned that makes this show worth seeing. If you've ever felt stuck in a rut or paralyzed by the fear of change, spend an hour with these folks and watch them struggle with the consequences of inaction.

1 person found this review helpful

Still has me thinking...

By Margie Edwards / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very entertaining show, with lots of laughs. A clever premise that delivered on a few valuable lessons about life (intended or not). Young, energetic cast was terrific. It went by too quickly!

2 people found this review helpful

Didn't quite set the hook

By Eric Salo / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Even though this is a relatively short show it still took too long to make its point. This is a good start with some genuinely funny moments but needs something more to make it memorable.

Clever Performance

By Jordan Thompson / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 34 shows

Stellar performance in a play that is serious without needing to take itself seriously. Upon a sudden zombie apocalypse, three characters are thrown into a situation that is almost ideal, save the extraordinary isolation. While zombies are the premise, the play has little to do with them, but rather three people stuck between safe boredom and the dangerous unknown. The characters are rather nonchalant about the end of the world, and their situation is absurd to begin with--thankfully, the play doesn't dwell on those details (how could it, in only an hour?). Overall, cleverly written, and an excellent show; very glad I made it.

Fear of the Unknown

By Scott Pakudaitis / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 40 shows

After being trapped in a bunker for years, three friends have hit the boiling point of their situation. Their lives have been repetitive - is it time to leave? What's out there? They don't know. What are the consequences of leaving? Of keeping the status quo? This thought-provoking piece explores interesting interpersonal dynamics in a stressful situation with wit and humor. Excellent performances by the cast.

Great concept, superficial production

By Yadin Dickstein / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

The idea is great and the show is chock full of nerdiness (a plus), but the acting was a bit flat and obvious. All the swearing was a bit superfluous and forced. The gravity of the situation doesn't come through in the characters acting.

1 person found this review helpful

Schrodinger's Apocalypse

By mary menz / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Lots of comic relief in this subtly serious look at how the human psyche deals with stress and the unknown.

I was really impressed with the acting talent! I saw the show with other family members and we loved the witty dialogue and small

Good, not great

By Ray Klahr / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The show was funny, but it lagged in the middle and lacked the overall punch for a four or five star show.

2 people found this review helpful

Very Entertaining

By John Dritsas / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I'm a big fan of zombies, and this story puts three characters in a very interesting survival situation - Very funny, well written story, and fantastic acting!

1 person found this review helpful

Background information + more

Featured on MPR! 

New Century Recommendation from Joshua Humphrey!

From the slightly twisted minds behind the Fringe hits Highlander: The Musical! and The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged) comes a new comedy vision...
Samuel Beckett gets the full Tim Wick treatment in Schrodinger's Apocalypse. What if three years ago, there was a zombie apocalypse?  Our three protagonists are surviving in a bunker but they have no way of learning what is taking place outside.  The apocalypse could be over or it could still be going on?  They have no way of knowing unless they leave!?


And while they may not be sure of what will happen when they leave the bunker, they are sure of one thing: they are really growing tired of each other.

Cast + crew bios

Chris Dritsas

Actor

Chris Dritsas has serious concerns about the NSA watching this website so he has decided not to write and submit his bio.

...or he completely forgot.

Mackenzie Lahren

Actor

Mackenzie is a 24-year-old Simpsons fanatic from St. Cloud. Since she began acting at age 14, she has appeared in several shows throughout central Minnesota. Some of her favorites include: GREAT Theatre’s Winnie the Pooh (Tigger), The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia) and most recently as Holly in The Wedding Singer. Schrodinger's Apocalypse is her MN Fringe debut.

Cody Logeland

Actor

Cody Logeland is a student and Actor working in Saint Cloud and the surrounding area. Recently appearing as Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone at SCSU and as Sebastian in Public Dream Theatre's outdoor production of The Tempest. He is thrilled to be making his MN Fringe Festival debut and would like to thank his fellow cast members and everyone for coming out to support the arts!

Tim Wick

Writer

Tim has co-written several shows for the Minnesota Fringe Festival including "The Complete Works of William Shatner: Abridged, Highlander: The Musical" and 2013 Fringe entry "Shrodinger's Apocalyse." In his spare time, Tim is artistic Director of Fearless Comedy Productions, producer of Vilification Tennis and a co-host of the Geeks Without God podcast.

He also has a wife and two children who, miraculously, still recognize him.

John Newstrom

Director / Producer

The co-founder and Managing Artistic Director of Rooftop Theatre Company, John has been involved in the performance arts for 20 years around Minnesota. Generally preferring design and directing to memorizing lines he feels thrilled to return for his third MN Fringe Festival. Previous Fringe collaborations with Tim Wick include Highlander: The Musical! and The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged).

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