Part haunted house, part interactive theater and part live-action video game, Santa Fe Dead is the Santa Fe Playhouse’s interactive zombie survival experience where teams of eight participants are guided through zombie-infested buildings and armed with neurotoxin darts (Nerf guns) in search of the cure to a zombie infection.
Taking place from October 19 through 31 in a warehouse located near the intersection of Agua Fria and Siler Road, Santa Fe Dead is the brainchild of Santa Fe Playhouse’s artistic director Vaughn Irving, who came up with the idea when he was putting together a friend’s bachelor party in Chicago.
“We all had a blast,” Irving recalls when thinking about the party.
“At that time, it was an 8-minute experience. I later refined the idea and lengthened the experience when I was living and doing theater in Washington, D.C. I produced DC Dead in 2014 and 2015.”
Santa Fe Dead’s 45-minute zombie missions depart 14 times per night between 6:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Participants are given white t-shirts to wear during this interactive experience where they move from room to room shooting Nerf guns at zombies and trying to avoid getting shot themselves.
“Everyone is searching for supplies and clues about how to survive the zombie infection,” Irving adds. “One of our rules is that the zombies are allowed to touch the participants.”
While tickets may be available at the door, Irving suggests purchasing tickets in advance by calling 505.988.4262.