Genre: Comedy, Drama
©Justin Lee Stanley
Eric Mercado

 An original Vaudevillian tragicomedy, “The Ape and the Child,” is presented in 12 acts with a run time of one hour. Featuring a cast of four performers accompanied by a pianist the acts include song and dance, hypnosis, a magic show, burlesque, melodrama, and several slapstick routines. The show recounts a scientific experiment carried out in 1931 by research psychologist Niles Winthrop Kellogg and his wife, Luella. The Kelloggs bring an infant chimpanzee, Gua, into their home and raise her alongside their son Donald. They hope to “civilize” the chimp to determine whether humanity can be taught. The chimp becomes increasingly human but as she does, much to their horror and surprise, Donald begins to become increasingly ape-like.  What will this family do to save their son?

Conceived and Directed by: Eric Mercado

Performers:  Aaron Farenback-Brateman, Tess Neidermeyer, Steven Northrup, Elizabeth Spano, and Sinai Tabak.

Open:   10/15/10
Close:   10/23/10

October 15 @ 1130 pm, October 16 @ 1130 pm, October 22 @ 1130 pm, October 23 @ 1130 pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$5 in advance, $7 at the door
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006