The company of Animal, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (second from left), at rehearsal.
The company of Animal, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (second from left), at rehearsal.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

Rehearsals have begun for Clare Lizzimore's Animal, starring Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Machinal). Previews are set to begin May 24 ahead of an official opening June 6. Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Harper Regan, Bluebird) directs the production for a limited engagement through June 18 at Atlantic Stage 2.

Joining Hall are Kristin Griffith (Bottom of the World), Greg Keller (Our Mother's Brief Affair), David Pegram (War Horse), Morgan Spector (A View From the Bridge), and Fina Strazza (Matilda the Musical).

The story is described as follows in a press release: "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."

Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch and playwright Clare Lizzimore's Animal begins performances May 24.
Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch and playwright Clare Lizzimore's Animal begins performances May 24.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

The creative team includes scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Stowe Nelson, and original music by Daniel Kluger.

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