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 Surfer Girl by Leslye Headland, Collected Shorts by Tennessee Williams, Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare, along with their 12-Hour Reading Festivals which have featured the works of Beth Henley (2018), John Patrick Shanley (2015), and Leslye Headland (2014) performed at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.
Notable artists who have worked with Animus Theatre Company include playwrights Beth Henley, Leslye Headland, Theresa Rebeck, John Patrick Shanley, Bob Glaudini; directors Pamela Adlon, Edward Berkeley, Matthew Lillard, Andrew Lippa, Alan Langdon; and stage & film actors Alexis Bledel, Ben Foster, Andre Holland, Carol Kane, Christine Lahti, Stephen Pasquale, Piper Perabo, Bill Pullman, and Margo Seibert, among others.
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.
An American doctor, an Irish journalist, and an English academic are being held captive by terrorists abroad, but it isn’t just the terrorists that provide tension. The cramped confines of their cell intensify their national biases and prejudices, fostering internal resentments and recriminations. It isn’t until they band together and build a world of fantasy to help keep their sanity… and focus their fight.
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