Animus Theatre Company is an artist-driven company whose mission is to explore and illuminate the resilience of the human spirit. Founded by Artistic Director Jonathan Judge-Russo with Rory Hammond, Al Miro, and Carrie Walsh, Animus Theatre Company produced its first play, John Patrick Shanley’s Where’s My Money? at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in 2012. Notable productions include Collected Shorts by Tennessee Williams (Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry, The Pink Bedroom, Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, and The Long Goodbye), Pericles, Prince of Tyre by Shakespeare, and two 12-Hour Reading Festivals featuring the works of Leslye Headland (The Accidental Blonde, Assistance, Bachelorette, Cinephilia, Reverb, and Surfer Girl) and John Patrick Shanley (The Big Funk, Defiance, Italian American Reconciliation, Moonstruck, The Red Coat, Sailor’s Song, Savage in Limbo, Women of Manhattan) at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.
Notable playwrights, directors, actors, and theater artists who have worked at Animus Theatre Company include Pamela Adlon, Edward Berkeley, Alexis Bledel, Lynn Cohen, James Badge Dale, Trieste Dunn, Rebecca Faulkenberry, Ben Foster, Jared Gilman, Bob Glaudini, Adam Guettel, Meredith Hagner, Leslye Headland, Jill Hennessey, Andre Holland, Virginia Kull, Margarita Levieva, Andrew Lippa, Natasha Lyonne, James Madio, Keith Nobbs, Jonny Orsini, Joe Pantoleano, Steven Pasquale, Vincent Piazza, Piper Perabo, Theresa Rebeck, Elena Ricardo, Michael Rispoli, Kate Moira Ryan, Paul Schneider, John Patrick Shanley, Alia Shawkat, Margo Seibert, Christiane Seidel, and Aida Turturro.
16 Performances. 8 Actors. 4 Directors. 1 Woman.
Surfer Girl is Ms. Headland's one-woman play exploring the sin of sloth, the 4th chapter of her Seven Deadly Plays cycle. In this one-woman- show we will watch eight actors grapple with their individual experiences of shame and emotional stasis. Not exactly homeless, never quite broke, always ready to become whomever she needs to be in order to stick around just that little bit longer. Surfer Girl chronicles a young womans affectless journey through life as she combats that passively inert state of mind that gives rise to her loss of self and to...couch surfing.
"The Subject" explores our obligation to intervene in the face of preventable tragedy, even if our task is only to record rather than respond. Race, media, and action intersect in this timely, unsettling drama by one of the industry's rising stars, directed by Jade King Carroll.
Directed by the legendary Alan Langdon and presented as a cut never-before-seen in NYC, one of Shakespeare's far lesser known works tackles individual and institutional power, its transitions, its abuses, and its all-too-depressing absurdity.
This year we have the honor of presenting the lauded work of playwright Beth Henley. Our 12 hour play readings at Circle in the Square feature wonderful diverse casts mixing known and rising actors and directors all celebrating their love of great playwriting.
"Her [Beth Henley] play Crimes of the Heart won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 1981 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play, and a nomination for a Tony Award. Her screenplay for Crimes of the Heart was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay."
Collected Shorts by Theresa Rebeck
Vogue -Interview with Pamela Adlon