Based on the bestselling novel, GORILLAS IN THE MIST is the extraordinary true story of Dian Fosesy and the endangered mountain gorilla she spent 19 years studying and protecting. Caustic and abrasive, she discovered the gorilla family structure was one she never experienced growing up and developed a strong bond with the animals. Constantly battling poachers, government officials and terrified local villagers, she always persisted in her mission: protect the gorillas at all cost.
Reimagined for the stage by Academy Award-Nominated screenwriter Anna Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist, Mask, Girl, Interrupted) and puppets to be designed by the Jim Henson Creature Shop (Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, The Muppets), GORILLAS IN THE MIST is a powerful story of family, culture-clash and the limitation of fighting for what's right.
Fossey's extensive research and legacy live on through the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
ANNA PHELAN (playwright) is the Oscar nominated screenwriter of Gorillas in the Mist. Additional film credits include: Mask starring Cher, In Love and War, Girl, Interrupted, and Amelia. Her most recent film The Lady and the Panda is in pre-production. She resides in CA with her husband and their dog.
JIM HENSON'S CREATURE SHOP™ (gorilla puppet design) provides performed digital visual effects, animatronic creatures, animation and soft puppets to the international film, television and advertising industries. Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters.
RYAN HUGH MACKEY (producer) has been working on Broadway shows for the last 18 years, most recently shepherding the Tony Award Best Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder to Broadway. Credits include: Elton John's Aida, Mel Brooks's The Producers, The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda. In development: The Everleigh - A New Musical, and a rock opera adaptation of the Japanese manga The Rose of Versailles.