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Animals

By: Stacy Osei-Kuffour
Narrated by: William Jackson Harper, Jason Butler Harner, Madeline Brewer, Aja Naomi King
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Publisher's summary

Lydia (Aja Naomi King) and Henry (Jason Butler Harner)’s dinner guests (Madeline Brewer and William Jackson Harper) are about to arrive when Henry’s spontaneous marriage proposal threatens to burn the evening to a crisp. Wine bottles and years of unspoken tensions are uncorked, and before the evening is through, Lydia must confront her long-held fears and feelings if she’s going to commit to a future with Henry.

Directed by Whitney White, Stacy Osei-Kuffour’s world premiere comedy marches into the muddy intersection of romantic entanglement, identity, pride, and survival.

Please Note: Animals contains adult language. 

©2020 Stacy Osei-Kuffour (P)2020 AO Media LLC

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About the Creator

Stacy Osei-Kuffour is an accomplished playwright and television writer. She was most recently Supervising Producer on The Morning Show and previously wrote on Pheobe Waller-Bridge’s series Run (HBO), The Power (Amazon), Watchmen (HBO), and the upcoming series The Hunt (Amazon) produced by Jordan Peele. Stacy also wrote for the comedy series PEN15 (Hulu) and received an Emmy nomination for her work on the episode "Anna Ishii-Peters." Stacy grew up in Chicago and received her BFA from NYU and her MFA in playwriting from Hunter College.

About the Director

Whitney White is an Obie Award and Lily Award-winning director, writer, and musician originally from Chicago. She is a believer in alternative forms of performance, multi-disciplinary work, and collaborative processes. She is a recipient of the Susan Stroman Directing Award, is part of the Rolex Protegé and Mentorship Arts Initiative, and is Associate Director at Shakespeare Theatre Company and Associate Artist at The Roundabout. Her directing includes The Amen Corner (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (WP Theatre and Second Stage, NYT Critic’s Pick), Aleshea Harris’ What to Send Up When it Goes Down (The Movement Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater, NYT Critic’s Pick), An Iliad (Long Wharf), Canyon by Jonathan Caren ( LA Times Critic’s Choice and recipient of the CTG Block Party Grant, IAMA), Jump by Charly Evon Simpson (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, PlayMakers Rep). Her digital projects include What is Left, Burns by James Ijames (Steppenwolf), Finish the Fight by Ming Peiffer (the New York Times, 30K+ viewers), Animals by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Williamstown Theatre and Audible), and Soft Light by Aleshea Harris (The Movement Theatre Company). Her original musical Definition will debut at the Bushwick Starr in 2021 and her five-part cycle deconstructing Shakespeare’s women and female ambition is currently in development with American Repertory Theater (Boston, MA). Her past residencies and fellowships include Sundance Theatre Lab, Colt Coeur, The Drama League, Roundabout Theatre Company, and the 2050 Fellowship at the New York Theatre Workshop. White received her MFA in Acting at Brown University/Trinity Rep and her BA at Northwestern University.

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