Genre: Comedy
Written by Oliver Thrun. Directed by Nora Vetter

The story of the Dawn of Man undergoes some comical revisions in "Adam of the Apes" when human twins are born into a community of chimpanzees. This farcical satire--which isn't for the kiddies--takes on topical debates such as Creationism, Evolution, and Women's Lib while the twins, Adam & Eve, grow up in a chimp society and actually introduce thinking into the previously "thought-less" rainforest.

Originally written at The Crucible for American Theater Workshop and making its Off-Off-Broadway debut at The Theater for the New City, "Adam of the Apes" is sure to leave audiences laughing in spite of themselves, with much to discuss and debate after the show.
About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Preview:   09/17/08
Open:   09/18/08
Close:   10/05/08

Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
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Ashleigh Awusie Girl Chimp #1

Ashleigh Awusie found her way into performing arts at the age of four as a dancer, and soon there after an actress and singer. "My craft is my playground," Ashleigh says. Theater credits include the role of Mama in an Off- Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, Shakespeare in the Park with the Public Theater, and Jenny of the Morgue at NYU. Film credits include American Gangster and the independent film, Bad Men. Ashleigh recently finished a summer tour of It's the Economy Stupid with Theater for the New City. She is currently working as the Marketing Assistant at a theater and as a company dancer and instructor in the House of the Roses Volunteer Dance Company. Thanks family!

Bill Bria Chimp #1

Bill Bria hails from Ann Arbor, MI and got his BA in the Visual and Performing Arts from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Bill also spent a semester studying in London at the British American Drama Academy. His most recent projects include Broadhollow Theater's production of The Woman In Black, Haberdasher Theatre's production of Arnold Schulman's Lost, and a handful of shows with sketch group American Candy. He has written and directed plays in addition to acting, and thanks ArtEffects for letting him play in their sandbox!

Jonathan Craig (Adam) has appeared in nearly 50 stage productions between New York City and Connecticut. He was last seen as Theseus in Tuckaberry Productions' A Midsummer Night's Dream in Brooklyn. A graduate of Iona College's English and Theater Departments, Jonathan trained at the Actors Studio MFA Program at the New School, and studied Shakespeare with Louis Burke at the Stratford Festival Theater in CT. Some past credits include: Noises Off (as Tim, Playhouse on the Green, CT), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius, directed by Louis Burke), Twelfth Night (Sebastian and Malvolio), Visiting Mr. Green, An Inspector Calls, Charley's Aunt, and Year of the Hiker.

Matt Gerathy Chimp #2

Since 2002, Matthew Gerathy has worked in Australia with Campbelltown Railway Street Theatre(2002), the Illegally Parked Vehicle Company (2002-2004), Theatre Nepean (2002-2005) and the Circle in the Square Company. He has also worked with the Australian Television Film and Radio School on several short film and feature film length productions. In 2004 he received his Bachelors of Acting in Sydney, Australia. This is Matt's first appearance in New York.

David Mansley (Elder) has appeared in well over a hundred plays and has also carved out a niche as a voice over artist for cartoons.
Favorite stage roles include: Claudius, King of Denmark in HAMLET, Preacher Haggler in DARK OF THE MOON, Maillard in THE SYSTEM OF Dr. TARR AND PROFESSOR FETHER, Ali Alligator in UNCLE WIGGLY and, most recently, "Hell Oil" in TNC's annual Street Theater. He has also played the role of Macbeth on both coasts. He is listed in Wikipedia for his voice work on the cartoon show TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and also plays multiple characters on the network series CHAOTIC and SPEED RACER - THE NEXT GENERATION. Feel free to "google" him if you want more information.

Al Miro Chimp #3

Al Miro was recently seen on stage…or rather in a parking lot in Henry V, for Shakespeare in the Parkinglot. Other Credits include: Angelo in Measure for Measure, The Cherry Orchard, (Circle in the Square PW), Daddy Issues (Phare Play). Tony and Tina's Wedding (Hoarse Raven Theatre), Into the Woods, The Seagull, The Actor's Nightmare (Exit 22). TV: "Intelligence" (CBC), "Alice, I Think" (Comedy Network). Al is a graduate of the Circle in the Square Theater Conservatory, where he got plenty of opportunities to get in touch with his animal instincts!

Dani Suder Girl Chimp #3

Dani Suder TNC credits: Lizzy Strata in Phallic Fables, Krystals in Collapsing Unvierse ( a musical), Buddie's Mother in The Further Adventures of Uncle Wiggily, Bloolips in A Month in the Cafe, as well as TNC's 2007 Street Theater production, Buckle My Shoe. Other theater credits: The Greedy Queen in Rumple Who at 13th Street Rep, Tansy in The Nerd, and St. Bernadette in The Saint Plays. Dani will appear in her film debut, Playing Doctor, (Jazzmyn Banks, 2009). She has recently been featured in several NYU and NYFA student film projects. Dani holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. My love and gratitude to husband Doug for his loving encouragement and support. Congrats to Oliver!

Aimee Todoroff Girl Chimp #2/Snake

Aimee Todoroff is an Obie Award winning actress from Dayton, OH. She has been lucky enough to work in both film and television, and has performed in theatre all over the East Coast. As a director, Aimee has been very active in New York's off-off Broadway scene, having had productions mounted at such venues as Wings Theatre, the American Theatre for Actors, and The Sidewalk Cafe. In what little free time she has, Aimee indulges her secret obsession by running, a blog dedicated to the best and worst bathrooms in New York City. Aimee would like to thank her outstanding cast, all of the great people at ArtEffects Theatre Company and of course, the lovely and talented Nora Vetter.

Oliver Thrun received his BA Degree in Theatre/Dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His play, Adam of the Apes, will be produced this fall by Haberdasher Theatre as part of their current season and he will be playing Sasha in the Village Light Opera Group's production of Fiddler on the Roof in May. He is a resident actor/writer at Theater for the New City and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Nora is truly honored that ArtEffects Theatre Company chose to produce a night of her short plays. Previously her short plays have been produced by the Shelterbelt Theatre and Phare Play Productions (they also produced her first full length play, "Call Waiting" last spring).   Her writing also provided the opportunity to participate in the inaugural year of The Great Plains Theater Conference with Edward Albee.  Thanks to the cast and crew of "Almost Olive Juice" for bringing the words on the page to life! Find out more about Nora's writing, acting and directing at