Performers Under Stress (PUS) continues their work in San Francisco with the play that asks the question: What really goes on at the Zoo?

After a two-year hiatus, Performers Under Stress returns with a new season for 2016. This Spring, the world premiere of CAGE, a Joe Orton-style death farce set in a West Coast zoo renowned for its Lemur Grove.

In Tar Gracesdóttir's shocking behind-the-scenes romp, a zookeeper, a docent, an animal behaviorist, and a mental health professional clash over the proper protocol for a conflicted anteater. Is the zoo conserving species or running a hospice until extinction?

Tar Gracesdóttir (playwright)has worked in the Zoo industry since childhood. As a summer camper, volunteer, intern, Tar rose through the ranks to the coveted position of keeper. Through the Zoo community, Tar has gathered stories for a projected Zoo Trilogy. The second play, LINK, is drafted.

The stakes are high and complications increase wildly until a twisted finale realizes your worst zoo fantasies. You'll never look at a lemur the same way again!


Sara Breindel as Rhonda, a mental health professional

Valerie Fachman as Tracy, a zoo docent

Charles Lewis III as Gordon, an animal behaviorist

Val Sinckler as Nola, a zookeeper

Directed by:

Scott Baker

Stage Manager/Lighting Design:

Colin Johnson