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The plot of BIOHAZARD THE STAGE revolves around an apparent bioterrorist attack on Philosophy University in Western Australia. The BSAA sends in a team, led by Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans, to contain the outbreak. There they meet Rebecca Chambers, former S.T.A.R.S. medic, now a teacher at the university. Together they meet a young ex-cop named Tyler Howard (タイラー・ハワード) who may have some information regarding the attack.

Plot

Act 1

The play opens at Philosophy University on August 12, 2010 at 15:40. BSAA advisor Dr. Rebecca Chambers is teaching a guest science lecture, watched over by Professor Howard. The students including Olivia do not pay much attention to a complex equation on the board, instead preferring to discuss Olivia's Lucas Butler, who Mary has a crush on. Mary is the only student taking the equation seriously, and admits to Rebecca she is having difficulty solving it, despite her vast intellect. Rebecca reveals to her the equation is presently unsolvable due to the limits in human knowledge, and that she intentionally displayed the equation to demonstrate this fact. Mary suggests the benefits to science if humanity evolved into more intelligent beings, which Rebecca finds unsettling.

When the class ends, Mary heads out to the rooftop to cry as the sun sets, having walked into Lucas who was looking for Olivia. On the rooftop she meets an equally upset Tyler Howard, and the two discuss loneliness. To Mary, it is the beginning of her new life and she must seek the power to change herself for the better. Tyler thinks only of the volatile nature it can have on a person.

Back inside, Rebecca is talking to a lecturer named Bethany, who has been collecting her textbooks to satisfy her class, who are far smarter than she was expecting. Bethany briefly brings up the mysterious case with students disappearing, which leads to Rebecca going to the university's dean Ezra Sennett. In the meeting the two discuss Mary Gray, who Ezra does not want overworked due to her brilliant university work. Moving the matter to the disappearing students, Ezra and his secretary Matthew Russel warn Rebecca that the university cannot survive public revelation about the missing students and Matthew suggests she tell him anything she knows. She is then introduced to Barrington Meyer, a police detective assigned to the investigation. Meyer has seen Rebecca around the city already, and brings up her interests in the university's fossil and archaeology exhibits. Rebecca is suspicious of Meyer, and presses her ears to the door when she leaves the room. The meeting continues, with Meyer warning Sennett about Rebecca's trustworthiness before accepting his bribe for keeping the investigation out of the papers. When Meyer leaves, Sennett and Russel discuss Meyer's reliability; Sennett believes he will become more reliable the more he is bribed.

Later, Rebecca has a conversation with Mary, who apologises for her outburst in class. Congratulated by Professor Howard for her paper, "Reset", Mary explains to Rebeca she has found her raison d'etre. Olivia and Lucus run over to the two as the university begins to panic after some sort of attack. Bethany sends the students off to the AV room while Rebecca attends to wounded students. When the group reaches the AV room Bethany discovers they have become separated from Olivia and goes back to look for her, leaving Mary and Lucas in the room. Rebecca contacts BSAA agent Chris Redfield to notify him of the emergency. A man runs past her, striking her attention due to his familiarity.

Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans drive to the university. Unfamiliar with Rebecca, Piers asks who she is and is told she formerly worked in S.T.A.R.S. alongside Chris. When they reach the university, Piers sees a Zombie and shoots it with his rifle. They enter the university at 16:45.

A flashback to 1998 explains Chris and Rebecca's relationship, having met during the Mansion Incident. Exploring the mansion alone, Rebecca discovers an infirmary filled with Umbrella medicines. Chris enters the infirmary, having newly arrived with the S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team to rescue Bravo Team members. The flashback moves to the two in the Arklay Laboratory shortly after defeating the T-002 Tyrant. Rebecca suggests destroying the facility to eradicate any trace of the t-Virus. The facility is destroyed, and narration explains that while Umbrella eventually went bankrupt in 2003 after the reveal of sensitive data in a court case, the full extent of their research was never uncovered. The narration continues, stating that the leaking of dangerous substances onto the black market by former Umbrella employees led to the founding of the BSAA, Chris being one of its members. The flashback moves to 2005 during a t-Virus outbreak in Minnesota. Rebecca saves police officer Tyler Howard (the man she saw in the present) from the Zombies, and instructs him to always aim for their heads. Howard is recruited into US-STRATCOM's Anti-Umbrella Pursuit and Investigation Team after recovering information on the attack. His death is faked to keep his career a secret. The flashback moves to 2009 with Chris serving as a Captain in the BSAA's North American branch overseeing new recruits, one of whom being Piers Nivans.

Back in the present, the audience is briefly introduced to a university security guard, Posh Brown, who is having to investigate the abandoned corridors due to the lack of evacuation orders. Elsewhere, Chief and Piers find Rebecca in the security room, who is with BSAA agent Sophie Home and Meyer. Sophie reveals that the BSA Oceanic Branch she belongs too has the university surrounded to prevent any Zombies escaping. Meyer insists they avoid causing a panic in the city, which Chris agrees with as much as mission will allow. Piers asks Meyer for police information on the situation. Philosophy's police have been aware of students disappearing for months. Chris asks why the security staff are not present in the room, prompting a look through the CCTV where they spot Brown. Chris sets up the plan: he; Piers and Rebecca will clear the Zombies in the west side of the campus and close the fire doors to deny the Zombies the chance to gang up on them. Home and Meyer are instructed to do the same to the east wing, thus removing the need for further BSAA support. Home objects to being paired with a man she already loathes; Piers quietly tells her that Chris does not trust him being paired with Rebecca. Before they split up, Chris provides Meyer with a handgun with laser sighting to make it easier to fight Zombies, but removes the bullets as eyer looks away. Piers hands Home a radio so the team can stay in contact, implying he thinks Meyer may try to harm her.

When Chris; Rebecca and Piers head out to explore the west wing, Rebecca alerts Chris to the bribes Meyer received. She also suggests the involvement of Professor Liam Howard, a university lecturer and director of the natural history museum, as a suspect in the disappearances. As they begin fighting the Zombies, Rebecca is unable to shoot after recognising their faces. Chris defends Rebecca, explaining to Chris she is a BSAA medical advisor - not a soldier. They discuss this above Tyler Howard, who is hiding under a staircase. When they leave, he gets out to follow them.

A short scene follows that is a soliloquy by Matthew Russell, who fears he may have to betray Sonnett. In Sonnett's office, he is having a meeting with Professor Howard over research Howard has been carrying out. Sonnett accuses him of carrying out the viral outbreak and of the student abductions which Meyer discovered (off-screen). Ezra reveals that the reason why he does not want the police to investigate the university is because its closure would undermine his efforts to create a safe haven to gifted young adults. Professor Howard is revealed to have used the t-Virus on Sonnett's orders to improve human intelligence in order to better humankind. Sonnett realises that Howard has been taking advantage of the university's funding to carry out his own bioweapons research, which led to the outbreak.

Elsewhere, Olivia Price runs down a corridor on the second floor of the west wing, pursued by zombies. All alone, she texts Lucas and Mary on her phone to find out where they are. Lucas is still in the AV room with Mary on the east wing, trapped when Bethany closed the door. While Lucas discusses ways in which they can escape the room, Mary is more interested in getting an answer for why he does not find her attractive. The zombified Bethany begins banging on the AV room's window, frightening Lucas. Mary continues to interrogate him, but Lucas is too scared by the Zombies to answer. Receiving Olivia's text, Mary decides to go look for her on her own. Olivia texts Lucas a second time, telling him she loves him and that she may be dead soon.

On the first floor, Chris; Piers and Rebecca enter the university's fossil museum. Chris mentions he was given orders to investigate the university several weeks ago; Rebecca believes BSAA HQ was disappointed in her slow progress. The three check a restroom adjoining the museum, where they find Brown has hidden in a cubicle as the lights begin to fail. Asked why he wasn't in the security office, Brown explains he was instructed by Professor Howard to clock up the museum. Rebecca suggests they investigate Howard's research lab, prompting Chris to ask Brown to show them the way. A Zombie attacks Brown, biting him on the leg before being shot. He recognises her as a friendly student called Betty. Brown asks what would happen if he was bitten, though pretends he wasn't. Mary calls Rebecca's phone and tells her that Olivia is unable to get into the the AV room due to the fire shutters; Lucas calls out the lie, as he knows Olivia has not arrived yet. Posh has a remote with him that can open the shutters, and presses the button. The Zombies mob the room, but the two escape, with Lucas killing Bethany with an axe. Mary orders the shutters down, locking the Zombies inside. Chris asks Posh to lead himself and Rebecca to the lab while Piers heads out of the museum to look for Home. As they head off, they are followed by Tyler again.


On the east wing, Meyer and Home discuss the differences fighting the infected is from regular combat. Meyer suggests him continuing alone would be better and raises his revolver to her, still unaware it has no bullets. Home takes the revolver off from him, and Meyer insists that the police will deal with the incident, and admits to the bribes to cover up the events. He is attacked by a zombie and Home tries to kill it, discovering it is empty. Piers arrives and kills the Zombie, which gives Meyer an opportunity to run away, which he rejects in favour of fighting Piers. Another Zombie appears, which is killed by Tyler who finally reveals himself to the BSAA. When Tyler insists Professor Howard's innocence in the outbreak and the BSAA immediately leave the university, taking Piers and Home's weapons; Meyer assumes Tyler is working with him, and the two leave together. Lucas and Mary run into the two BSAA agents, and ask for help in finding Olivia. Mary does not follow and goes her own way. Mary runs down a corridor with two other students in the direction of Tyler. They are attacked by Zombies and one is bitten and quickly transforms when Tyler saves the two.


Chris' team climb to the fourth floor of the building. Rebecca identifies an exhibit showing the Irish Giant, the remains of a man discovered a century ago in a mine in Ulster, which has been transported recently to Australia to take part in a research project by Professor Howard. The group is confronted by Zombies, which is ended when Brown closes the shutter separating them. Chris investigates the remains more closely, discovering it is covering a secret room. The three head into the room, where they find documents relating to viral research and bioterrorism. Chris and Rebecca recognise much of the data as being from Umbrella. Further searching uncovers a modified t-Virus strain. Asking Rebecca why she suspected Howard, Chris is told about her meeting with his son, Tyler, who she believes to have died in 2005. In a flashback, Tyler is seen handing her a PDA containing data incriminating Umbrella researchers in the outbreak. He is shown to have been angry at the company ever since his father was employed, believing Umbrella to have used him and that he had disappeared in 2003, which he blamed the company for.

Meyer appears in the room and takes Rebecca hostage. He threatens to kill her if the BSAA allows knowledge of the outbreak to reach the public. Leaving with Rebecca, he warns Chris to kill the Zombies quietly and say nothing about the incident. As the two leave, Mary arrives and sets off a ceiling trap. Chris and Brown then find their way into Howard's lab, where they were supposed to go when they find Brown. Tyler arrives in the lab, who Chris recognises from Rebecca's description. Tyler reveals he is a US government agent with orders to deal with the incident without the BSAA involvement. Chris tries to find common ground with Tyler, suggesting that he is only trying to avoid discovering his father's involvement. Tyler insists that if his father was involved in the incident, it would be Umbrella's fault. Tyler finally backs down to Chris' offer that he search for evidence proving his father's innocence rather than cover-up evidence of guilt. In a flashback Tyler tries to get in contact with his father after his death is faked, only for his father to accuse him of being a spy impersonating Tyler. Tyler recalls a conversation he had with Mary earlier that day in which she mentioned Professor Howard's intent to "reset" the world.

Piers; Home and Lucas arrive at the lab and confirm Meyer's treachery. While they recap Rebecca's abduction, Brown discovers an ID card owned by Professor Howard. Tyler uses the card to open shutters in the lab, which reveal tubes containing the missing students, who have been transformed into zombies. Olivia is among them, having been abducted recently (offscreen).

=== Act 2

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