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Sarah Utterback of Grey’s Anatomy and Jessica Pimentel of Orange Is the New Black Join the New York Premiere of Surfer Girl

Sarah Utterback of Grey’s Anatomy and Jessica Pimentel of Orange Is the New Black Join the New York Premiere of Surfer Girl
Jessica Pimentel

Jessica Pimentel

Animus Theatre Company (Jonathan Judge-Russo, Founding Artistic Director) in association with The Dirty Blondes are thrilled to welcome Sarah Utterback of ABC’s hit primetime TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and Jessica Pimentel of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” to the New York premiere of Surfer Girl, part of Leslye Headland’s “Sin Cycle Plays.” Presented at The Foley Gallery (59 Orchard Street, between Grand and Hester) on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00pm (doors open 7:00pm, performance begins 7:30pm), the New York premiere of Surfer Girl runs through May 30, 2018.

Sarah Utterback

Sarah Utterback

Ms. Utterback, who originated the role during the 2009 world debut of Surfer Girl, Ms. Pimentel freshly off yet another successful season of “Orang Is the New Black,” and up-and-comer Jazmin Williams complete casting for this unique experimental production that features eight actresses each under the direction of one-of-four different directors across its limited engagement. Through contrasting the differences that most often divide us as a society – social class, geopolitical demographic, race, sexual preference, etc. – we are able to discover a thread that ties us together: sin.

Ms. Utterback, whom playwright Leslye Headland credits as being the muse behind Surfer Girl and the person for whom she specifically wrote the piece, first tackled the role during the production’s world debut with Los Angeles’s IAMA Theater Company in 2009. She now joins the New York premiere to revive her acclaimed performance, giving audiences a chance to see the piece performed by the very person for whom playwright scribed it and with the knowledge that 10 years growth and development brings to a role.
What happens when we disappear in order to survive; softening our edges and blurring our outlines to the point of invisibility so the people around us will, well…keep us around? Surfer Girl, Ms. Headland’s one- woman play exploring the sin of sloth, and part of her “Seven Deadly Plays” cycle, tackles these questions. Not exactly homeless, never quite broke, always ready to become whomever she needs to be in order to stick around just that little bit longer, Surfer Girl chronicles a young woman’s affectless journey through life as she combats that passively inert state of mind that gives rise to her loss of self and to…couch surfing.
The finalized performance schedule with casting is as follows: Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00pm featuring Karen Eilbacher; Tuesday, May 1 & Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00p featuring Amy Northup; Tuesday, May 8 & Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00pm featuring Sarah Utterback; Tuesday, May 15 & Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm featuring Jazmin Williams; Tuesday, May 22 & Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00pm featuring Sara Canter; and Tuesday, May 29 & Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00pm featuring Jessica Pimentel.
Patrons of Surfer Girl can partake in a cash bar featuring Brooklyn Brewery and an assortment of wine selections while viewing the one of a kind art installation by New York Times lauded visual artist Chaney Trotter, specifically designed to serve as the backdrop for this exciting NY premiere, and mingling with the evening’s performer and director.
Surfer Girl will be presented at The Foley Gallery (59 Orchard Street, between Grand and Hester) on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00pm (doors open 7:00pm, performance begins 7:30pm) through May 30, 2018. Tickets are available for $30 each by visiting
For more information about Animus Theatre Company and its production of Surfer Girl, please visit

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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