On Death's Door:
Plague of the Zombie Syndrome

An interactive urban adventure to save the world at a secret location in the downtown Vancouver area

October 7 - November 2, 2014


(Vancouver, B.C.) A classified Department of National Defence video of an anonymous drug dealer explaining the lethal effects of a dangerous new street drug know as "Death's Door" has been leaked this morning.

A source close to the case has confirmed that the Centre for Disease Control has now teamed with Canada's Department of National Defence to analyze this new, highly addictive party drug that is rapidly turning countless people into violent, cannibalistic zombies. The Death's Door drug, which is sold in pill form and can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected appears to have been laced with the same Zombie Syndrome virus that has plagued ‪#‎Vancouver‬ streets for years. Organized crime is widely considered to be responsible for its creation and distribution.

The DND is calling all brave citizens to duty on an undercover mission to combat this ‪#‎zombie‬ ‪#‎plague‬ and infiltrate the criminal network responsible for this ‪#‎epidemic‬. Act Now!


Heed The Call To Duty! Your Country Needs You! You Are The Best Of The Best!



Deadly zombies have overtaken the streets of Vancouver! Citizens are being challenged with a high-stakes mission to save the world before the deadly Zombie Syndrome spreads across the globe, destroying mankind. 

Unfortunately, the Centre for Disease Control has recently discovered that the genetic material active in the Zombie Syndrome virus is somehow being laced in a highly potent and extremely addictive street drug known as “Death’s Door.” Officials from the Department of National Defence, desperate for reinforcements, are once again calling audience members to duty.

In this all-new interactive, smartphone-enabled, thrill-seeking and clue-breaking adventure, audiences must infiltrate the shady criminal network responsible for creating and distributing the Death’s Door drug, stem the pandemic, and save the world. Elite participants will be informed of the secret location’s rendezvous point in Vancouver, BC from October 7 to November 2, 2014. 

Tickets available here! Like our Zombie Syndrome 2014 Facebook Page for more details!


Past Zombie Syndrome Productions

The Zombie Syndrome (Vancouver 2012)
The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island (Granville Island 2013)

Check out last year's Audience Leaderboard here!

Critical Reviews

"A suspenseful good time... This project has the makings of a seasonal tradition... with brain eating... There’s a delicious giddiness in wondering what the heck you’re going to have to do... The coolest part is still the suspense: not knowing when zombies are going to pop up... My favourite part was running for my life."
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

"This production is superbly done and would not be out of place at Disneyworld or Universal studios. I can’t recommend it to others enough."
- Vancouver Vantage

"Much of the show’s success comes from its continued surprises. The technical details and route design are most impressive. Each cast member takes to their role with aplomb. Go see this show: you will feel young and charmed, delighted to have experienced the creativity of adventure time."
- Zoe Grams, VancouverScape

"Truly gruesome... chillingly, thoroughly military... I really can’t say much more without spoiling the fun. Think blood and guts, growling ghouls staggering in the shrubbery or corralled in an old warehouse."
- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

"A whirlwind of a 90 minute theatre ride that will leave you breathless and laughing."
- Cecilia Lu, Vancity Buzz

"The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island is an awesome interactive play that has you participating in the story. What fun! If you have a teenager I can’t think of a better activity to do with them than kill Zombies. This is like Vancouver's own 'World War Z'. I had a great time."
- Marc Smith (via CTV Morning News, Twitter & #30DayAdventures)

"@TheVirtualStage kudos cast&crew! bloody marvellous performance of The Zombie Syndrome. Get a taste, but don't get bit til Nov 3 #theatre"
- Vancouver Broadcaster Katie Bennison (via Twitter)

Audience Reviews

"140 chars is too few to say just how much fun I had on @TheVirtualStage's #ZombieSyndrome. Thrilling, inventive, playful & wholly original."
- Brian Paterson (via Twitter)

"It was in all honesty one of the most fun things I've done all year. I can't recommend it to enough people!!!"
- Andrea Westaway (via Twitter)

"Just had the best of time at #zombiesyndrome. So much more worth it than #FrightNights & any other Halloween things I've done! It's SO MUCH FUN! I'm planning to go again!"
Stephanie Wiriahardja (via Twitter)

"Sorry world - we failed.....but oh my goodness, what a blast!!!! We had an amazing time - the story was great, the acting was fantastic and the effects and staging unbelievable!!! Cannot wait till The Virtual Stage's next outing!!!"
- Heather Cook Anderson (via Facebook)

"Barely recognized @TheVirtualStage's #ZombieSyndrome, what an amazing change in year 2! Expanded sets, upgraded interactions, alt endings..."
- Cecilia Lu (via Twitter)

"Went to #ZombieSyndrome tonight with @TheKatPiper Sooo freaking awesome!! #epicfun"
- Brianna Rossi (via Twitter)

"I had an amazing time at #ZombieSyndrome. Fighting the apocalypse + choose your own adventure = a great Tuesday night"
- Marco Pasqua (via Twitter)

"Didn't think it was possible but this year was even better than last year!"
- Teri Walker (via Facebook)

"Just got home from our mission tonight. Another great event (did the one last year and had to do it this year). Can't wait to see what you come up with for 2014. Thanks for a fun evening!"
- Jeanne McKinlay Hansen (via Facebook)

"Great time! Lots of fun. Check it out! So many great decisions to make and cool makeup too."
- Steven Dancer (via Facebook)

"Extraordinary! Truly amazing!"
- Rafael Abib (via Facebook)

Online Resources

Didn't see the show last year? No problem! But we do suggest you join our Facebook page here!

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this year's production, click here.


Critical Reviews of The Zombie Syndrome (Vancouver 2012)

A surprising trek... Makes for some kidlike fun... I was so into it and so determined to protect the innocent that I might have derailed the performance if firm hands hadn’t stopped me...  It's kind of a trip and it's original.
- Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

A rollicking good time, and definitely something out of the ordinary. It’s a great concept and I’d love to see more takes on this type of roving audience participation theatre in the future.
- Kimberley Davison, vanvantage.com

It’s a brilliant concept, and wonderfully crafted by The Virtual Stage. I honestly want to spill my guts about this experience, but you really have to see it for yourself!
  - Dan Culic, Homorazzi

This unique theatre experience is as close as anyone can get to making “Choose Your Own Adventure” books a reality...  The factor of surprise is what makes this production so special...
  - Anja Savcic, Vancouver Weekly

I had fun and really enjoyed the innovative concept of this show...  Worth checking out...
- Tessa Perkins, Press+1

Vancouver seems to have set a standard for site-specific theatre... The Virtual Stage – which specializes in multi-media presentations – has taken things a step further with The Zombie Syndrome... A uniquely fun adventure...
- David C. Jones, The Charlebois Post

Writer and director Andy Thompson effectively puts us on edge early into the show, as we quickly found ourselves constantly looking over our shoulders for the next zombie interaction...  What could be described as The Amazing Zombie Race, the prize at the end of The Zombie Syndrome isn’t a million dollars, but the supposed satisfaction in knowing that you (hopefully) saved mankind.
Mark Robins, Gay Vancouver.net

Audience Responses on Facebook

Just back from The Virtual Stage's production of The Zombie Syndrome! It was fantastic, and I highly recommend it! Probably one of the best interactive shows I've been on - lots of fun, and some big plot twists along the way. The rain didn't hurt one bit!
  - Megan Gray

Thanks Andy Thompson & The Virtual Stage for The Zombie Syndrome!!! This is the most interactive theatre I've ever experienced! A brilliant concept, and so much fun!
  - Dawn Zoe

Went to the 3:30 show today and our entire group had an amazing time!!! So fantastic, everyone involved was fun, and did a great job! We can't wait till next year - will definitely be back!
- Heather Cook Anderson

So amazing. Wonderful acting, stupendous make up. Wish I could see it again!
- Teri Walker

I was there too and couldn't agree more! Well done, what a great adventure!
- Karen Bond

Loved your show! Keep making great shows like this please!
- Steven Pugh

We had a great time tonight on our zombie adventure. Thanks so much to the cast and crew - you were all amazing!
  - Lisa Wylie

Did the Zombie Syndrome today and had a blast! Kudos to all those who made such a fun afternoon. Time and money well spent. Thanks!
  - Jeanne McKinlay Hansen

This show was awesome.
- Evelyn Chew

Phenomenal experience.
  - Kristin Hauff

Tons of fun!!
  - Owen Barrett

Great show!
  - Gabriel Crane

Great show! We had lots of fun! :)
- Angela Hamre 

Great job Guys! Went to the show on Wednesday. LOVED how interactive it was! Are you going to be doing another one? Maybe we have to save Santa!
  - Shannon Boudreau

Audience Responses on Twitter

Had so much fun at #ZombieSyndrome by @TheVirtualStage, I had to do a video review. youtu.be/kpN3vIXfLh4
- Justin Saint

Did #zombiesyndrome tonight - a truly awesome experience. Live interactive theatre at its best. #recommended!
- Will Woods, Forbidden Vancouver

Had an AMAZING adventure tonight!! I LOVED IT!! @TheVirtualStage #ZombieSyndrome
  - Dru Chan

Had a blast at #ZombieSyndrome. A clever idea perfectly executed. Actors were fantastic, can't say enough about how great it was! Go see it!
- Brent Furdyk

"The Zombie Syndrome" was an awesome experience by The Virtual Stage, looking forward to more.
- DJMissBlue

ZOMBIES IN VANCOUVER! Had so much fun doing #ZombieSyndrome
- Kerry Morrow 

#zombiesyndrome awesome experience this Saturday! Loved the 'adventure'! Great use of tech in an innovative way. Thanks.
- Helen

#zombiesyndrome wicked awesome fun! Hope they do it again next year
- Lisa Mack

Running around Vancouver looking for a cure. Awesome! #ZombieSyndrome http://www.thevirtualstage.org/zombies/

Saw a preview of The Zombie Syndrome last night. What an entertaining, unique performance, check it out!
- Ruven K.

Loved loved loved #zombiesyndrome I hope it'll come back next year!
  - @Engel82

@TheVirtualStage It was a really fun experience :) Thanks for putting on such an awesome show
- Allan C

@TheVirtualStage #zombiesyndrome was a wicked date, muchos fun indeed! #YVRlovestheirzombies
  - Lauren Jackson

If you have a free night in Vancouver you should check out #zombiesyndrome You will not be disappointed
  - Lisa Mack

#ZombieSyndrome was super fun! Adrenaline, paranoia, smiling uncontrollably all part of the @TheVirtualStage production.
  - Mashed Thoughts

Zombie Syndrome was so much fun!
  - SeaPotato

The zombie syndrome was actually a lot of fun!
  - Neven Szary

It was a blast, even in the rain.. zombies don't care about the weather!
  - lopezdee