The world premiere of A Barn Play—a play that explores animal rights and family separation—takes place on March 18 and the show will run until April 4 in New York City. A Barn Play shares the story of seven farm animals who are rehearsing for their own play. The rehearsal is disrupted when a cow and pig have to explain to a sheep that their little ones, who’ve been taken away by a farmer, are not coming back. The hour-and-a-half long play sheds light on the animal farming industry’s practices of taking away animals’ babies while providing a parallel look at the country’s current immigration issue involving human children being separated from their parents. “I always look for something that I’d never seen before, and ‘A Barn Play’ certainly fits that description,” Artistic Director James Bosley said. “But aside from its uniqueness, I was drawn to the subversive way it approaches the issues of animal rights, and of family separation which, for our Northern Manhattan community, is an extremely urgent concern.” A Barn Play is produced by the UP Theater Company and takes place at the Good Shepherd/Inwood Academy Space in the Inwood neighborhood of NYC.

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