keith, I’ve seen what happens to people when a baby gets underneath their floorboards, ok. 

An epidemic of animal noses has hit the biggest city in the world. Average people are suddenly stricken with the nose of an animal, any animal! David and Keith are trapped in an apartment, protecting their noses, when an infectious elephant baby gets stuck underneath their floorboards. An absurdist bi-lingual comedy about animal noses, culture clash, and alienation that asks: if the animal nose makes the animal, what does the animal nose make the man?


Most Original Script Philadelphia Urban Theatre Festival 2011
Finalist WordBridge Playwrights Lab Play Conference 2010

Production History

Philadelphia Urban Theatre Festival Philadelphia / October 2011
Philapolis Theatre Company Philadelphia Fringe Festival (FringeArts) / September 2011
The Painted Bride Art Center Philadelphia / staged reading, May 2010

Visceral and absurd, Philapolis Theatre Co.’s blithe LION (EL LÉON) makes you rethink your fantasy about leaving the banality of the U.S. for a transcendental’ locale. In a Spanish-speaking ‘biggest city in the world,’ an American expat hosts a visiting friend in his litter-strewn apartment while the city is on lock-down — animal noses have been attaching themselves to people’s faces. A campy lion, puppets and a leprechaun-like drug lord help round out a bilingual cast of characters that struggle with battles of normalcy, idiocity [sic] and (in some cases) a drug-like dependence on tortillas.
— Philadelphia City Paper
Loony, bizarre, hilarious and absolutely brilliant.
— Magali Roman, Campus Philly