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surfer girl

The Foley Gallery
59 Orchard St. between Grand & Hester Sts.
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 10 - May 30, $30 ($15 flash sale now), 7:30

In November 2014, Animus Theatre Company presented a twelve-hour reading festival at Circle in the Square of Leslye Headland’s “Sin Cycle Plays,” consisting of Assistance, Bachelorette, Cinephilia, Reverb, Surfer Girl, and The Accidental Blonde (with one more to come). On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from April 10 to May 30, the company, in association with the Dirty Blondes Theater Company, will be taking Headland’s Surfer Girl in a whole new direction. The New York premiere of the work moves to a conceptual performative environment designed by painter and installation artist Chaney Trotter at the Foley Gallery on the Lower East Side, instead of its originally intended, more traditional theater setting. Every week, the one-woman show will pair a different actress (Courtney Shaw, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, Karen Eilbacher, Amy Northup, Sara Canter, and three TBA) with one of four directors (Alex Correia, Taphat Tawil, Jen Wineman, and Noah Himmelstein). Thus, Surfer Girl, which investigates the sin of sloth, will be seen through multiple lenses by Animus because of the changing performers and directors, each performance different from the others. There will also be a cash bar with beer and wine for postshow mingling; opening night will be followed by a discussion with Headland, who has also written and/or directed the films Bachelorette, Assistance, About Last Night, and Sleeping with Other People and is currently making an untitled Netflix series with producer Amy Poehler and star Natasha Lyonne.

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