Works

Peter Pan. From the parent’s perspective.

Darlings re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan” from the perspective of the Darlings, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night … where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can’t trust the charming little boy with the impish smile.

Created and performed by Animal Engine Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher in collaboration with Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan of the Coldharts, with direction from Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.

“Physical devised theater at its best … thoughtfully created and brilliantly executed.” -Watermark Orlando

People playing dogs playing people.

What do dogs do when their masters leave? Put on a French farce! Quick entrances, mistaken identities, and love triangles collide with panting, sniffing, and lots of leg humping in this unusual and saucy comedy! Inspired by the plays of Georges Feydeau and the behaviors of Man’s best friend, Dog Show is a knee slapping love letter to the joys of unleashing your inner animal.

Directed by Animal Engine Co-Artistic Director Karim Muasher and devised by an ensemble of 5 daring performers.

“It’s as absurd as it sounds … the stage seems surprisingly empty when the dogs revert to dogs.” -Culture Catch

Love. Loss. Corn fields.

Inspired by the writings of Midwestern author Willa Cather, two daring performers create an epic story of love and loss as big as the prairie itself. Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.

Created and performed by Animal Engine Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.

“A gorgeous presentation of the American pioneer narrative using physical theatre and an earthy prairie palette … wholesome and worthy.” -Edmonton Journal

Immersive android adventure.

The year is 1919, and Thomas Edison is up to no good. Prepare yourself for an epic American yarn of science, intrigue, and love.  Audience members are split between three characters: Edison (the reckless inventor), Fox (the determined reporter), and Anne (the curious android). Following their chosen character through the nooks and crannies of Edison’s famed Menlo Park laboratory, they experience an unforgettable adventure.

Conceived and directed by Animal Engine Co-Artistic Director Karim Muasher and devised by the ensemble, with additional text from Nick Ryan.

“Shows an inspired grasp of what we know happened and instinct for what we believe could have.” -TOR.com

Bearded lady + Innocent zombie = fun

The mustachioed Professor Penelope Vindlevoss discovers Edward the Zombie on her recent anthropological expedition, and takes it upon herself to domesticate him. What is Edward’s final lesson? To put on a circus, of course! Physical comedy and undead logic collide in this quirky fable about how to be truly human.

Created and performed by Animal Engine Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from Mark Gindick.

“They utilize mime, shadow, sight gags, sound bites and even a beautifully made puppet to make us laugh.  And laughs were in abundance the night I attended.  My face hurt a little bit after an hour of having an immovable grin.” -NyTheatre.com