Animals Commit Suicide

Author: J. Julian Christopher

Animals Commit Suicide

Description: Chance, a young gay man who has almost everything, dives deep into Chicago’s seedy sexual underbelly looking for something more… He picks up a drug habit, while also beginning a relationship with a handsome, HIV-Positive baker, claiming falsely to be positive as well, but when those close to him begin to call his motives into question, Chance is forced to decide what he values in a dangerous world.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 1/15/2016
Content Advisory: Nudity, strong language, depictions of sex and drug use.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 4 Males

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Keywords: Drama · Drug Use and Abuse · Gay and Lesbian · Gender and Sexuality · Grief and Mourning · HIV/AIDS · Mostly Male Characters · Pop Culture · Sex · Social Issues

This play is in the following collections: Plays and Playwrights 2017

Original Production Information

Animals Commit Suicide had its world premiere on November 13, 2015 presented by First FLoor Theater at Collaboraction Room, Chicago, with the following cast and credits:

CHANCE - Nik Kourtis
ETHAN - Brian Keys (Nov 13-30) / Shaun Baer (Dec 3-12)
SEBASTIAN - Michael Reyes
CLINIC WORKER - Ashley Hicks
ENSEMBLE - Michael Kim Lewis

Director: Hutch Pimentel
Scenic Designer: William Boles
Lighting Designer: John Kelly
Sound Designer: Will Cotter
Costume Designer: Marisa Allison
Stage Manager: Julie Leghorn
Properties: Holly McCauley
Production Management: Kristin Davis
Dramaturgy: Joseph Varisco
Master Electrician: Amanda Cantlin
Technical Director: Ian Olsen
Assistant Director: Mar Curran
Assistant Stage Manager: Ariela Subar
Assistant Properties: Claire Stone

A workshop production of Animals Commit Suicide was presented by terraNOVA Collective on December 1 - 15, 2013 at IRT Theater, New York City, with the following cast and credits:

CHANCE - Charles Andrew Callagan
ETHAN - Nic Grelli
SEBASTIAN - Sandor Juan
CLINIC WORKER - Donetta Lavinia Grays
ENSEMBLE - Kyle Metzgar

Directed by Jose Zayas
Scenic Designer: Jason Simms
Lighting Designer: Seth Reiser
Sound Designer: David Margolin Lawson
Costume Designer: Stephanie Levin
Stage Manager: Becca Pickett