Playwright and Director of the MFA in Writing and Producing for Television program Ken LaZebnik premieres Animate, a new play performed outdoors at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota. The play runs from September 17 – 26, 2021, and tickets for the outdoor performance can be reserved online today! More information about the play follows below:
by Ken LaZebnik and directed by Jack Reuler | September 17 – September 26, 2021 |
Performed at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Wealthy philanthropist Preston Davis has made a $40 million gift to the mythical Jackson Kennicott Zoo to launch an exhibit that will bring a species back from extinction while attracting thousands of zoo goers and leveraging many millions more for this urban zoo, its city’s schools, its region’s residents, and its area’s businesses. Questionable language from this humanitarian casts doubt on the moral decision to accept the donation, despite its ripple effect of financial benefit and species survival.
This world premiere begins with a helicopter landing and ends with a sea lion jumping, in an eight-scene moving theatrical experience on the wondrous and real grounds of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, located at 1225 Eastbrook Drive in St. St. Paul, Minnesota.
Animate has one preview, September 16, and opens September 17 for a two-week run, closing September 26. All performances are at 6:30 pm. Wheelchairs, strollers, and scooters are available. Reservations can only be made, at no cost, through the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Click the following link to reserve your spot now! *Audio Description offered September 24.
Playwright Ken LaZebnik, a longtime collaborator of Mixed Blood, joins Jack Reuler in his final directing project of his 46-year tenure. They are joined by a cast of 18, which includes Sally Wingert, Jevetta Steele, Kevin Kling, Regina Marie Williams, Stephen Yoakam, Taj Ruler, Marquetta Senters, Raul Ramos, Khamara Pettus, Regan Linton, Bruce Young, Kate Fuglei, and with special cameos by Don Cheadle, Joe Minjares, and Warren C. Bowles.