Animus Theatre Co. to Present Reading of Leslye Headland's SIN CYCLE, Nov 17 at Circle In The Square

Animus Theatre Company is pleased to announce it will be presenting Leslye Headland's Sin Cycle Plays (Assistance; Bachelorette; Cinephilia; Reverb; Surfer Girl; and The Accidental Blonde) as their 2014-2015 Reading Festival on Monday, November 17, at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre, in association with Circle in the Square Professional Workshop. Among those actors reading over the 12-hour day, Leslye Headland herself will be reading her one-woman play Surfer Girl, and hosting a talkback to follow. The readings will span the entire day (11AM-11PM) and are offered by Animus as "an affordable day of art combining the linked works of one of the industry's finest writers with many of the brightest young stars of stage and screen, all read in a Broadway theatre."

This festival will mark the first time that all of Ms. Headland's currently completed Sin Cycle Plays will be presented in sequence, while Reverb, Surfer Girl, and The Accidental Blonde will be receiving their New York City premieres. Previously, Bachelorette made its New York debut at the Second Stage Theatre - and was subsequently adapted into a 2012 film starring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson, which Ms. Headland directed - Assistance premiered in New York at Playwright's Horizons and Cinephelia premiered at New York's Theater Row. Headland's TV and film writing credits include About Last Night, adapted from David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Assistance adapted from her stage play for NBC. Currently, Headland is working on her 2nd comedy project for NBC and has just completed a feature film she wrote and directed titled Sleeping with Other People starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Natasha Lyonne and Adam Scott. All Sin Cycle plays originally premiered at IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles, CA.

Featured among the cast are the previously named Headland are William DeMeritt (The Normal Heart - HBO, Hamlet), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Broadway's Spiderman, Rock of Ages), Meredith Hagner ("As the World Turns", "Royal Pains"), Jonathan Judge-Russo (Falling, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Virginia Kull ("Gracepoint", Assistance) Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia, "Blue Bloods"), Keith Nobbs ("The Pacific", Phone Booth), Jonny Orsini (Fish in the Dark, The Nance), Elena Ricardo (Mamma Mia, Bring it On), Margo Seibert (Rocky, Candide), Christiane Seidel ("Boardwalk Empire"), Wrenn Schmidt (The Master Builder, "Boardwalk Empire"), and Zachary Spicer (Wit, Macbeth). Directors will include Leslye Headland, Noah Himmelstein, Mike Swift, and Taphat Tawil. Animus Theatre Company Members Haley Bond, Rory Hammond, Trevor Kluckman, Amy Northup, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, and Courtney Shaw are included in the cast. The Production Stage Manager will be Liz Elise Richards.

Animus Theatre Company (Jonathan Judge-Russo, Artistic Director; Amy Northup & Jeff Todesco, Managing Directors; Michael Neithardt, Producing Assistant Managing Dir.) was founded in 2011. Previous productions include the critically lauded Dutch Heart of Man by Bob Glaudini, Where's My Money? by John Patrick Shanley (both at the Cherry Lane Theatre) and William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre. To quote their mission statement: "Animus is an ensemble of artists that seeks to develop new work and realize the full potential of infrequently produced plays that explore the fragility and resilience of the human spirit. Our work will challenge our artists and audiences to face problems on both interpersonal and global levels in new ways through a deeper sense of mutuality with those characters and circumstances witnessed and experienced on stage." For more information and details, visit

When: Monday, November 17, 2014; 11:00AM-11:00PM

Where: Circle in the Square Theatre - 1633 Broadway (at 50th Street)

General Admission: $10 All-Day Pass; $5 Single Reading (Suggested Donation)

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