Rod Dirkwitz is trying desperately to finish the first (and only) episode of "Animals, with Rod Dirkwitz," an educational zoological public-access television program for children -- filmed, scripted, and performed by Rod himself, alone in his basement in Western Nebraska. But everything is going wrong: his lion facts are missing, his lemur footage was ripped incorrectly from YouTube, and his house -- he becomes increasingly convinced -- is haunted. And as the deadline approaches, we realize that this foolhardy project might be Rod's last chance to pull his fractured life back together.
Actor Will Turner, performing in front of a shifting and frequently scary background of animal footage, bright lights and strange sounds, gives us a hilarious and tragic portrait of broken man making his last stand.
ANIMALS will make its debut on June 18 in ANT Fest, Ars Nova's annual festival of one-night shows by emerging artists. We need your help to pay for rehearsal costs like space rental and script printing, as well as to fund costumes, props, equipment rentals, and stipends for our designers.
Photo credit Ben Arons (benaronsphoto.com).
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