Mrs. Murray's Menagerie, the newest show devised by The Mad Ones (the collective behind last season's acclaimed Miles For Mary), opens at Ars Nova at Greenwich House April 8. The Mad Ones, a company in residence at Ars Nova, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the world premiere.
The cast for Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie includes The Mad Ones’ company members Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto and Stephanie Wright Thompson, who are joined by Phillip James Brannon, Brad Heberlee, Carmen M. Herlihy, and January LaVoy. Company member Lila Neugebauer directs.
In Mrs. Murray's Menagerie, the creators of a 1970s children’s TV show have commissioned a focus group to probe the parents of the show’s target audience. Over stale coffee and donuts, this group of strangers navigates the murky waters of American belief and perception.
The show is created by The Mad Ones along with cast members Brannon, Heberlee, Herlihy, and LaVoy.
The creative team includes You-Shin Chen and Laura Jellinek (scenic design), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume design), Mike Inwood (lighting design), Stowe Nelson (sound design), Emmie Finckel and Noah Mease (prop design), Alfreda “Fre” Howard - Face by Fre, LLC (wig and makeup design), Justin Ellington (composer), Raja Feather Kelly (core artistic collaborator), Sarah Lunnie (dramaturg), Lauren Port (casting consultant), John C. Moore (production stage manager) and Bryan Bauer (assistant stage manager).
Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie began performances March 26 and is scheduled to run through April 27.