Animal

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) presents the New York premiere of Clare Lizzimore's play ANIMAL, starring Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, at Atlantic Stage 2 in May 2017.

Contacts: Chris Boneau | Joe Perrotta | Kelly Guiod

Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career.  So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.

REBECCA HALL returns to the New York stage following her Broadway debut performance in Machinal and a notable career on the London stage. Off-Broadway: As You Like It (Brooklyn Academy of Music), A Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard at The Bridge Project. West End: Mrs. Warren's Profession (Ian Charleson Award), Twelfth Night (National Theatre). Other stage credits include The Fight for Barbara, Man and Superman, Galileo’s Daughter and Don Juan (Theatre Royal). Film: The Gift, Tumbledown, Transcendence, A Promise, Closed Circuit, Iron Man 3, Lay the Favorite, The Awakening (BIFA, Gotham Nominations), The Town (National Board of Review Best Ensemble Award), Everything Must Go, Please Give (Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award), Dorian Gray, Frost/Nixon (SAG Cast Ensemble Nomination), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Golden Globe, BAFTA London Critics Circle Nominations),The Prestige (London Critics Circle Nomination), Starter for 10 and the upcoming films The BFG, Christine, Permission and The Dinner. Television: HBO/BBC’s “Parade’s End,” UK Channel 4’s “Red Riding: 1974,” HBO’s “Joe’s Palace,” BBC Wales “Wide Sargasso Sea,” BBC‘s “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” UK Channel 4’s “The Camomile Lawn.”

CLARE LIZZIMORE (Playwright) is a playwright and an Olivier Award-winning director. Her first play, Mint (2013), was produced at the Royal Court's Open Court Season and long-listed for the prestigious Bruntwood Prize. Her first radio play was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014. Her new radio play The Rage will be broadcast in 2016.  Her play Animal premiered at Studio Theatre and was a Helen Hayes nominee for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical. She is currently under commission with the Royal Court Theatre and the Almeida Theatre. As a director, she has worked extensively in new writing, and her latest production - Bull by Mike Bartlett - won the 2015 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in An Affiliate Theatre for its production at The Young Vic; it premiered at Sheffield Theatres and also toured to 59E59 in New York. Other recent directing credits include One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne in the Roundabout Season at Paines Plough at Sheffield Theatres and Shoreditch Town Hall; Lay Down Your Cross by Nick Payne and  On the Rocks by Amy Rosenthal at Hampstead Theatre; Pieces of Vincent by David Watson at Arcola Theatre; Faces in the Crowd by Leo Butler at the Royal Court Theatre; War and Peace and Fear and Misery by Mark Ravenhill at the Royal Court Theatre; Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman at the Royal Exchange Theatre; and Tom Fool by Franz Xaver Kroetz at Glasgow Citizens Theatre and the Bush Theatre, which was nominated for four CATS Awards. Lizzimore’s directing awards include the Channel 4 Theatre Directors Award and the Arts Foundation Theatre Directing Fellowship for Innovation. She has been resident director at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, and a staff director at the Royal National Theatre.

Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director). At Atlantic: Nancy Harris's Our New Girl, Simon Stephens's Harper Regan and Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale; Other Off-Broadway: world premiere of Laura Marks's Bethany with America Ferrera (Women's Project, Lortel nomination for Outstanding Play); Lucy Thurber's Stay (Rattlestick, Obie Award for Hilltown Play Cycle). Regional: world premieres of Clare Lizzimore's Animal (Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding Director and Outstanding New Play); Anna Ziegler's The Last Match (Old Globe); and Melissa Ross's Of Good Stock (South Coast Rep). At Hudson Valley Shakespeare, As You Like It and An Iliad with Kurt Rhoads (also toured to West Point). GT has developed new work at NY Stage & Film, NYTW, EST, P73, New Dramatists, The Kennedy Center and Space on Ryder Farm and is a graduate of University of NC School of the Arts.