Susan and Xander patiently sit through their dad’s meeting, a gathering of local dentists, where it is decided that the best way to keep patients from being scared of regular checkups is for the dentists to dress as clowns while working. Refreshments are offered, but deciding to not eat Bernice Hoffenbridle’s cookies might be the best decision the kids have ever made, especially when they hear that her new bakery is conveniently located right between the nuclear waste treatment plant and the experimental chemistry lab. But the adult dentists do indulge in the tainted cookies, unwittingly launching a full-scale epidemic... It's the clown dentist zombie apocalypse! Can Susan and Xander somehow dodge the onslaught of zombie clowns, zombie mimes, and even a zombie juggler who can't juggle? Can they find their father before he turns into one of the creatures? And most importantly, can they find a solution to humanity's darkest hour? The jokes and the silliness fly fast and furious in the craziest apocalypse you'll ever have to survive.
Playwright Scott Haan talks about
ATTACK OF THE CLOWN DENTIST ZOMBIES
1. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
Undiagnosed mental illness, obviously.
2. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
There are a lot of moments I think are fun, but I have a soft spot for Todd cheerfully declaring "Bernice's Open-Air Bakery, conveniently located right between the nuclear waste treatment plant and the experimental chemistry lab." I think that one line captures the absurd, silly spirit of the entire story. That, and a zombie handing a potential victim a bill for past-due dental services.
3. WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
I don't personally know any clown dentist zombies first-hand, but I can reveal that Xander and Susan were named after my own awesome kids, and they deserve statues for tolerating my crazy sense of humor.
4. WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
An intellectual discourse on the socio-political ramifications of a techno-centric civilization during an era of environmental instability. But, you know, with zombies carrying pies.
5. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
It's a bit cliché, but I genuinely had a lot of fun writing this story, and I hope anyone who reads, performs, or watches it has fun as well. And if there ARE any clown dentist zombies out there reading this, look me up and we'll hang out. Brains are on me.