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Congratulations to the cast and crew of ANIMAL FARM, which received unanimous rave reviews from audiences via Show Score.

 

ANIMAL FARM

World Premiere

 

TSP Main Stage

February 13-23, 2020

64 East 4th Street, Underground Space, NYC

 

75th Anniversary of the publishing of this novella

Animal Farm, an allegorical play, tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.

 

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Synopsis for ANIMAL FARM:

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the book being written.

The animals on a farm drive out their master and take over and run the farm for themselves. The experiment is successful, except that someone has to take the deposed farmer's place. Leadership devolves upon the pigs, which are cleverer than the rest of the animals. Unfortunately, their character is not equal to their intelligence. This dramatization remains faithful to the book's plot and intent and retains both its affection for the animals and the incisiveness of its message.

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission

Content Warning: This production will have simulated gunshots, and straw is part of our set design.

We are committed to our theater being as comfortable and accessible as possible - if you have any requests to make your stay more enjoyable, please email outreach@seeingplacetheater.com.

 

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CAST and CREATIVE TEAM:

Squealer, and others   Laura Clare Browne
Snowball, and others   Erin Cronican*
Old Major, and others   William Ketter
Napoleon, and others   Brandon Walker*
     
     
Playwright   Brandon Walker, based on the novel by George Orwell
Co-Directors & Producers   Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker
Stage Management/Board Op   Leeanna Yolanda Rivas
Lighting Design   Lorena Ndokaj 
Sound Design   Brandon Walker
Costume Design   Erin Cronican
Scenic Design   Erin Cronican
     
   
* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association

 

 

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Production Photos - Click for Slideshow

Cast of Animal Farm

(Photos by Russ Rowland. Click here or on the photo above for comprehensive photo gallery.)

 

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Talkbacks for ANIMAL FARM:

 

Every evening we invite the members of the audience to join the cast in our lobby immediately following the show, to talk about what they saw and answer any questions they may have about the production.

 

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Articles about ANIMAL FARM:

 

Radio Interview - Bagels and Broadway

"All Creatures, Large and Small" - T and B On The Aisle

"ANIMAL FARM recognized as a Parity Production, with 50% or more creative team members that are women or non-binary/gender non-confirming" - Parity Productions

"The Seeing Place Announces World Premiere Adaptation of ANIMAL FARM" - Broadway World

Press Release for ANIMAL FARM - The Seeing Place

 

 

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Reviews and Audience Response for ANIMAL FARM:

 

"Finding a performance of the relevant Animal Farm in the Big Apple has been, well, rather like looking for a needle in a haystack. I was thus delighted to learn that The Seeing Place Theater, a small indie ensemble, would be performing their interpretation of Orwell’s classic at the Paradise Factory, an intimate theater located in the East Village, from February 13-23. And finding out that they would be debuting Brandon Walker’s original stage adaptation of Orwell’s novella at an affordable-for-all price was enough to make any Orwellite happy as a pig in mud...Don’t take my word for it, though – if you are in the New York area, experience it for yourself. But you had better hurry: there are only two days left to see this original interpretation of Orwell’s classic. So make the effort. It will be worth it. And you have heard that straight from the horse’s mouth."" - Carol Biederstadt, The Orwell Society

"In a production co-directed by Walker, who is the company's Producing Artistic Director, and Erin Cronican, who serves as Executive Artistic Director, each member of the excellent quartet plays an assortment of characters, both human and animal, impressively relying solely on changing their physicality and vocals...Though not played as children's theatre, ANIMAL FARM is certainly appropriate for well-behaved youngsters who can sit through two acts and understand the message about the abuse of power. As for adults, we can admire the fine artistry of The Seeing Place's company while wondering when people will ever learn." - Michael Dale, Broadway World

"Enter The Paradise Factory in the East Village these days and you might think you have stumbled upon some sort of regression therapy session, what with a quartet of adults crawling around the straw-covered floor on all fours like little children at play. But, no, this is your somewhat bemusing introduction to The Seeing Place Theater's edgy adaptation of George Orwell's political satire, Animal Farm...Now in its tenth season, The Seeing Place Theater prides itself on tackling works that would be a challenge to any acting company, and of doing so on a shoestring budget. I have long admired its ability to find new and powerful ways of presenting everything from Shakespeare to Ionesco to Martin McDonagh and Caryl Churchill and more. Pulling off Animal Farm with four actors is just the kind of dare The Seeing Place would gravitate towards." - Howard Miller, Talkin' Broadway

"Animal Farm is More Timely Than Ever in New Adaptation. Part of The Seeing Place's "The Body Politic"-themed season, Animal Farm features a quartet of actors embodying 28 characters to intimately stage this story of how revolution turns into repression... If, as Hamlet argues, theater holds a mirror up to nature, then in Animal Farm, nature holds a mirror up to us. We would do well to look on the reflection." - John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards, Thinking Theater NYC

"The actors were splendid, textbook examples of “method” acting. Stanislavski would have cheered as they “become” chickens, dogs, and pigs. Their characterizations were extremely realistic, which suggests good direction and hours spent observing the attributes of each animal... Indeed, the examples I’ve given above, of small bits here are there, are only hints as to the high level of the acting. The play was riveting from beginning to end, and a frightful warning as to what might be happening to us now." - Jan Ewing, Hi! Drama

"I applaud this excellent production, celebrating as The Seeing Place is, the 75th anniversary of Orwell writing the book. Piling on the unending rhetorical one-upmanship and waves of bleakness one gets with this work, this could have all too easily rolled forward as just oppressive mayhem, but the company here outfits themselves perfectly in their hard work. In addition to the brilliant acting, Lorena Ndokaj’s uses her lights in the small space to optimum effect, and Brandon Walker manages the perfect mix of undulant animal sounds...I don’t know how the actors ‘shed their skins,’ as it were after their masterful enactment, but this is a smashing way for this group to mark their landmark 10th season." - Ralph Greco, Short and Sweet NYC

"Adapted for the stage by The Seeing Place, Orwell’s 75-year-old story is now presented live by four human actors, each assuming a multitude of different animal roles...I enjoyed it more than the short-lived Broadway production of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four a few years ago, despite the slightly-larger cast, higher production value and much higher ticket price for that show." - Andrew Andrews, Opplaud

"5 Stars. I had a great time watching Animal Farm tonight. The actors did an amazing job playing all the different characters. The intimate horseshoe seating really made you feel like you were inside the play. This is the second time I have seen a show at TSP, and I have yet to be disappointed. I look forward to what comes next." - Dan Cea, Google Reviews

"5 Stars. I went to see Animal Farm. The cast was extremely fluid, and talented. I can't wait to go back!" - Unicodia, Google Reviews

"Honestly, sometimes you recommend people to see a production by friends to support their work, rather than for the work itself. That’s not necessary this time. Because ANIMAL FARM is a formidable juggernaut of a play! Adapted by Brandon Walker, and directed by Walker and Erin Cronican, the audience is invited to voluntarily participate as either sheep, chicken, or cows, as the transformation of the inhabitants of Orwell’s straw thrown barn overthrow their human master only to see the smartest pig transform himself into the replacement oppressor. Swiftly and deftly transfiguring between many roles, the four actors - Laura Claire Brown, William Ketter, together with Cronican and Walker – are all extraordinary. Vocally and physically differentiating their characters, they pull empathy and frustration out of you by the guts as Orwell’s dystopia reflects history in two opposite directions: Back to Soviet totalitarian regime he saw arise in Europe before writing his classic, and forward to the contemporary fears of new Western, dictatorial regimes in the making. Cronican draws tears as the increasingly confused and self-blaming Clover, Brown is increasingly menacing as Squealer, and Ketter gives the insights of the donkey Benjamin drab truth. Walker, effortlessly embodying both the workhorse Boxer and the demagogue Napoleon, has been true to the original and delivers its message, filled with an indelible aftertaste of tenderness for the victims of the utopian dream and anger towards those that warped the vision into a nightmare. Justly so, the little engine that always could – the independent theatre company The Seeing Place - has the Orwell Estate’s blessing for their work. The New York run ends tonight – go see it." - Mikael Södersten, Facebook Review

"This past weekend we had the great fortune to discover The Seeing Place, an amazing company with a mission that speaks to our hearts. In short, they do fearless, thought provoking work but keep their ticket prices staggeringly low to make theatre is accessible to everyone. Their current production of Animal Farm is so critically poignant and we can not recommend it enough. Yes DC friends, it’s worth the trip! If you don’t catch this show, keep an eye on this brave, beautiful company. We will be supporters and donors for years to come to ensure work like this keeps going." - Julie Janson, Facebook Review

"The Seeing Place once again presents a George Orwell classic - Animal Farm - lovingly adapted and presented and ever more relevant as this country and much of the world falls under the control of authoritarian dictators. A perfect companion piece to 1984, Orwell's famous work that has become a cliche for what this world might become and has become - which this company also recently performed." - Jeff Gaster, Facebook Review

"100 out of 100. Riveting, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting. See it if you want to experience theater in its purest form: great dialogue, great staging & great performances!" - Tim K 0046, Show Score

"Great staging, Riveting, Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing. See it if you want to experience an ingenious interpretation of Orwell's masterpiece." - Coco 7187, Show Score

"Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, True to original, Transfixing. See it if you've never read the book, or just feel the need to revisit a masterpiece. Also, this is what OOB should be about but rarely is. Don't see it if you need a lot of bells and whistles to hold your attention in a theatre. This is minimal, and expertly done. Also, this is serious drama. This is a piece that should be revisited every few years, and I'm so glad TSP did it so masterfully. The issues being addressed here are always relevant, no matter what your political persuasion. Therein is part of the genius of Orwell. TSP is a group with great integrity in everything I've seen them do in the last few years. They may be mindful of current trends and affectations in the theatre, but they are not necessarily persuaded by them. For that alone they deserve a gold medal! From the moment you enter, you know you are in for a memorable experience--(no spoilers). Four actors work so hard changing voice, posture and demeanor that it's almost like a magic act. What they do with almost no costumes, some wood, straw and an umbrella is remarkable. Even if you don't care for Orwell, you should see this just to catch the awe of what these people are doing. All this is done in a small space that seats about 50 people. Be one of the lucky ones and get yourself a ticket!" - Jacqueline Parker, Show Score

"Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing. Very clever interpretation of the Orwell classic. The actors worked hard to make you believe that they were animals with minimal costumes." - Randi 3, Show Score

"Wonderful adaptation! See it if you love topical, absorbing theater, well-acted and presented. Four actors play multiple roles, mostly animals; their versatility is amazing. Kudos to Brandon Walker for his excellent adaptation of Orwell's story. All four performers are just perfect in their multiple roles. The show draws you in from the very beginning, and stays with you long after." - Janice 0053, Show Score

"Intense, Relevant, Great ensemble, Clever, Ambitious. See it if you want to experience a great ensemble performing original material they have developed based on the famous novel Animal Farm." - Suzanne Zee, Show Score

"Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious. See it if you like to see something very creative, especially with only four actors playing like 20+ roles." - Robert W 9330, Show Score

"Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging. See it if you are a fan of George Orwell. Very well done version of Animal Farm. The actors portray the animals on their hands and knees.The mimicry is excellent." - Karen 8280, Show Score

"Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever. Awesome interpretation of a great book. Actors were engaging and captivating. The 4 actors changed characters quickly and effectively!" - Margaret 0047, Show Score

"Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Great writing. This story adaptation is wonderful as actors play multiple roles. With minimal scenery or props, the acting carries this captivating show. Don't see it if you are looking for spectacle and glitz. The charm and attraction of this show is the actors doing a wonderful job of telling a great story" - Wil S, Show Score

"Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever. See it if you like thought provoking theatre with great actors who did an amazing job portraying multiple roles each. Don't see it if you need a high budget production. But the cast did a fantastic job and still managed to create a great atmosphere." - Mark D 0047, Show Score

"Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Clever. See it if Want to see a classic book come alive. They did a excellent with four actors doing the voices. Hay on floor, seating had three sections Sheep, Hen, Cow. At part sections join in making the sound of sections." - SarahSueMookie1, Show Score

"Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing. See it if you are interested in thought provoking, relevant theater, where 4 people play 28 characters. Really an ambitious, amazing production." - Michael 6151, Show Score

"100 out of 100. Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see. See it if you want to be moved inspired and entertained by a show that makes you think! Bravo to Erin Cronican for her tender & passionate portrayals" - Evelyn 0051, Show Score

"Wonderful adaptation! See it if you love topical, absorbing theater, well-acted and presented. Four actors play multiple roles, mostly animals; their versatility is amazing. Kudos to Brandon Walker for his excellent adaptation of Orwell's story. All four performers are just perfect in their multiple roles. The show draws you in from the very beginning, and stays with you long after." - Janice 0053, Show Score

"Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant. See it if you, like me, appreciate those who understand the message of the novel and can see its resonance skillfully applied to the stage. Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a more thoughtful theater experience. Also, as someone who has always been inspired by Orwell's novel, it is heartening to see an adaptation such as this one: detailed, engaging, and stark. Everything has been carefully considered: the hay-strewn barnyard set, the sound design, even the unique kinesthetics of the actors. The small cast does an admirable job of portraying the many distinct characters of the novel, often transitioning in split-seconds between the various personalities in a way that is instantly recognizable, conveyed mostly through body language. I was especially impressed by Brandon Walker's interpretation of Napoleon and Boxer, and by Laura Clare Browne's Squealer. The show makes all-too-clear the oppressive nature of totalitarianism and the slow, often subtle ways in which it insinuates itself into society; the triumphant and slightly comical mood in the beginning organically transitions into one of fear, tragedy, and nihilistic banality, just as Orwell intended. Overall, a good interpretation with few flaws." - Jake 0054, Show Score

"100 out of 100. Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing. See it if you want to see actors continuously doing their acting work to convey a timely, relevant and resonating story." - Gaia V, Show Score

"Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Exquisite, Ambitious. See it if you like great theatre. Don't see it if you don’t." - Peter 6072, Show Score

"Frighteningly relevant, Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting. See it if you want to see a creative adaptation of a complex classic . . . walk on your TWO LEGS to the TSP theatre to see this innovative performance." - CynthiaUWS, Show Score

"Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent. See it if Animal Farm is new to you or you want to see a creative adaptation. Unique! The actors put their heart into it! Each person played multiple roles and it was very impressive. " - Amber 0023, Show Score

 

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