May 31, 2000
PREMIERE: Arts at St. Ann’s

Written by Terry O’Reilly
Directed by Lee Breuer
Music by Eve Beglarian

“…there are many companies that would be lucky to share in just a little of this kind of excess.”
-D. J. R. BRUCKNER, NY TIMES

Production Design: Manuel Lutgenhorst
Lighting Design: Mr. Lutgenhorst and David Overcamp
Animation Programming: Judson Wright
Rhino and Chimpanzee Costume Design: Susan Tsu
Lyrics: Robin Lorentz, Mr. O’Reilly, J. Daniel Stanley and Mr. Breuer
Additional Music: Bohdan Hilash, Ms. Lorentz and Mr. Stanley.
Flying by Foy
Production Stage Manager: Susan L. Hudspeth
Associate Producer: Martha Elliot
Assistant Director: Mr. Stanley
Costume Adaptation: Yuliy Liberman.

WITH

Clove Galilee (Cherry)
Sean Runnette (Tin Tin)
Robin Lorentz (strings)
Bohdan Hilash (reeds)
Jay Peck (percussion/sound effects)

Take one environmentally-sensitive chimpanzee, add a rhinoceros with shady business dealings, stir in a generous dollop of live music, plenty of animation and you have the recipe for Animal Magnetism, a raucous love story.

Cheri (the chimp) and Tin Tin’s passion plays out on the ground – often amidst giant cartoon projections of themselves -as well as in the air. They soar and swoop and swoon in awe-inspiring aerial pas de deux. More than a love story, Animal Magnetism is also an allegory. It points out our species’ insatiable appetite for destroying natural resources and the glaring disparities between the first and third worlds. This socio-political- erotic live-action cartoon is one you won’t see on Disney anytime soon!

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Arizona State University West, Phoenix, AZ; (October, 1994)
Workshop in Sundance Institute in Provo, UT, (July, 1999)
Premiere at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn, NY (April, 2000)
Festival Divadlo, Pilsen, The Czech Republic (October, 2001)
MALTA Festival, Poznan, Poland (July, 2004)