Prymate Ends Broadway Run After Five Performances
Prymate tells the story of two scientists fighting over the fate of a sign-language-speaking gorilla. The Broadway production starred Phyllis Frelich, James Naughton, Heather Tom, and André De Shields. It was directed by Edwin Sherin and featured scenic design by Robert Steinberg, costume design by Colleen Muscha, lighting design by Jeff Nellis, and sound design by Michael Smith.
The show generated some controversy for the casting of De Shields in the role of Graham the gorilla, which he originated in a production at Florida State University. Prymate received no 2004 Tony Award nominations but De Shields was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play.