Rip the rings from out your noses! Tear the saddles from your backs! Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division presents a lean, mean take on Animal Farm. George Orwell’s original “fairy story” was an allegorical take down of the Soviet Union under Stalin - a communal ideal that metastasized into a reign of terror under a corrupt and power-mad leader. Sound familiar? All animals are equal…
Adapted by Sir Peter Hall from the novel by George Orwell Music by Richard Peaslee Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell
Directed by Ayun Halliday
Musical Direction by Jeffrey Lodin
Featuring a cast of 9 homeschooled New York City teens:
& Thomas Pflanz
4 LEGS GOOD, 2 LEGS BAD.
Theater of the Apes:
Theater of the Apes is an East Harlem-based theater company dedicated to affordable ticket prices, fresh takes, and the comedy of existence. Founded in the late 90s, the Apes managed just one credit - the original New York International Fringe Festival production of Urinetown: The Musical - prior to disappearing from view due to the exigencies of parenthood. Recent productions include Lunchtime by Greg Kotis and Zamboni Godot by Ayun Halliday. Animal Farm is the inaugural production of the Sub-Adult Division. Human see, human do.
Ayun Halliday is a performer, playwright, and author of seven books, including No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. As a member of the Neo-Futurists from 1989-1998, she wrote, directed and performed in over 500 short plays and several full-length solo performances. Longer works include The Mermaid’s Legs, Fawnbook and most recently, Zamboni Godot. Ayun is a 2017 Target Margin Theater Institute Fellow. Co-founder of of Theater of the Apes. Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky zine. Homeschooler. Hoos-Yorker.