Dirt [contained] Presents...

Crushing Baby Animals

An immersive, semi-autobiographical new science-fiction play!


Created and Performed by Maria Swisher & Tana Sirois

Assistant Directed by Landon Alexander

August 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th at 8pm

IRT Theater

154 Christopher Street #3B
New York, NY 10014

Tickets are $25 

Tana and Maria are two very talented performers with an exceptionally broad range, from naturalism to parody, from musical to physical theatre.
— Reviews From Underground

In an ego-driven and narcissistic world, two women possess the distinct anxiety of calling themselves artists. In a last ditch effort before they throw in the proverbial towel and become accountants, the pair begin work on what they hope will be their magnum opus, an ambitious and hellish physical-theatre adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. Crushing Baby Animals follows two traumatized women growing up in the millennial age as they accidentally open a cosmic wormhole that sucks them through space, time and the human mind. This meta work takes us on an uncharted and timely adventure through parallel dimensions and personal hells, bringing us face to face with our own antagonistic Dopplegangers, the perils of the human psyche, and the absurd pitfalls of human identity. The play blends physical theatre, multimedia and a healthy dose of humor in a unique artistic experience.

“Crushing Baby Animals reflects our real shared experience as women making theatre in New York City, our real shared nightmare, and the discovery of what that coincidence could possibly mean,” states playwrights Tana Sirois and Maria Swisher. “Through a sci-fi theatrical device, we explore how to live, make art, and not go crazy in this mad world. It’s challenging to feel sane and/or connected to one another right now; we are trying to approach these topics with bravery, vulnerability, and humor, baring our souls and taming our egos.”

-Maria Swisher and Tana Sirois

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This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

This project is made possible by the generous donation of space from Plaxall, Inc. and Long Island City Artists, Inc. Dirt [contained] Theatre Company is forever grateful.

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