Iowa City – This weekend, you will have the opportunity to experience the world premiere of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, a new play commissioned by The Englert Theatre and created by Working Group Theatre, a nationally-recognized theatre company based in Iowa City. It’s based on the novel by Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Benjamin Hale.
Working Group and the Englert describe it like this:
“Bruno a story of evolution, biological and lingual. It’s a story of love, across boundaries and species. It’s a story of oppression, of inequality and colonialism. It’s the story of Bruno Littlemore, an unusually intelligent chimpanzee.
The novel and now dance theater piece follows Bruno Littlemore (played by Barrington Vaxter), a preternaturally gifted chimpanzee who falls under the care of — and, in turn, in love with — university primatologist Lydia Littlemore. As he develops his gifts for painting, language, philosophy, music, and study, Bruno simultaneously struggles to contain his wildness in his pursuit of humanity.”
All of that sounds really interesting. But if you really want some insight into this show, go here and read the ‘letters’ from director Sean Lewis and actor Barrington Vaxter. After reading those, you won’t want to miss this show.
The show runs this weekend only, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets available here.