World Premiere Written by Jennifer Vanderbes Directed by Ari Edelson
When an old flame unexpectedly arrives at his East African research camp, famed primatologist (and self-proclaimed alpha male) Desmond Hawkes has no idea just how much his world is about to change. When it comes to love, the curious behavior of humans can only be matched by the chimpanzees in the surrounding forest.
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This is not your typical summer at The Rep!
This production will take place at the Little Rock Zoo.
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AEA Stage Manager
DOUGLAS REES is delighted to be making his Rep debut – particularly here at the Little Rock Zoo! Doug is Pittsburgh born and raised, but when not working out of town, he now splits his time between New York City and Canaan, NY, home to gorgeous Queechy Lake. He has appeared at numerous theaters nationwide, among them City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (Pittsburgh), The Wilma Theatre and The Arden Theatre (Philadelphia), Denver Center Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, among many others. NYC stage credits include Primary Stages and many appearances at The Mint Theatre. Television/Film appearances include 30 ROCK and F.B.I.
Joseph Scott Ford
JOSEPH SCOTT FORD is an actor, playwright, and singer/songwriter from Little Rock, AR making his Regional debut. New York: True West (Austin, Producer’s Club), Elemeno Pea (Ethan, Westbeth Artist Comm.), Hot Air (Young Man, Manhattan Rep. Theatre). Staged Readings: The Mound Builders (Dan, William Esper Studio), Irregulars (Jaqob, The Playroom), Third (Third, Upstart Creatures), A Bright Room Called Day (Traum, Upstart Creatures). TV & Film: “After Life” (Pilot), “Good Mourning” (Pilot), “Pandemic Pillow Talk”, The Space. Original Plays: Not Even The Good Things (Premiered July 2019, Theatre Row, NYC), Responders, The Only Mountain In Texas, Penthouse Play, Mainly The Rabbit. Original Music: “Signs of the Second Coming” by JoClair. Thank you, Bill Esper. All the love to Kelsey and The Fam. Josephscottford.com. @js_ford.
TALLEY GALE is pumped to return to her home state to join the team of this intelligent play. Credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Private Lives (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Theatre), Hamlet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, The Last Match (The Old Globe), Proof (Oldcastle Theatre), This Is Our Youth (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). TV: Amazon’s Harlem, the web series Queen’s English. Talley hosts/produces the podcast Tea & Vulgarity. BFA: Ball State University; MFA: The Old Globe/University of San Diego. A former Thea Foundation scholarship recipient, Talley is making a donation in honor of this production to the Thea Foundation to support young Arkansans in the arts.
ARI EDELSON Selected directing credits: Building the Wall (New World Stages), Vengeance (Cherry Lane), Expats (New Group), The Attic (Play Company), The Atheist (Theatre 503, London), Blood Wedding, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Theatre Project Tokyo), True West and Tape (Tokyo Globe), Rape of Lucretia (ENO), Little Black Dress (Boston Playwrights, NYC), Mauritius (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Scariest (45 Bleecker).
Ari founded and serves as Artistic Director of the Orchard Project, the internationally renowned performance accelerator, which has to date developed more than 250 productions that have gone on to Broadway, the West End, and regional theaters around the United States and the world, including the 2014 TONY® winner for Best Play, All the Way, the OBIE-winning An Octoroon, TONY®-winning 33 Variations on Broadway, The Royal Court’s Posh (also West End), OBIE-winners The Aliens, The Shipment, and Architecting.
He has served on the artistic staff of London’s Old Vic Theater, The English National Opera, and Theatre Project Tokyo, served as director on attachment at New Dramatists and The National Theatre Studio, as a Directing Fellow of the Drama League of New York, and has taught at Northwestern University, Fordham University and in Japan. Education: Yale University and Royal Scottish Conservatoire.