New York performer will tour to Philly on Nov. 16 to create awareness for animal safety

Michael Harren's multimedia performance, "The Animal Show," will blend humor with candor to advocate for keeping animals safe. He's on stage at The Rotunda in Philadelphia Thursday.

Through stories, music and video from Harren's residency at New Jersey's Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary, along with activism on the road - “The Animal Show” is a thoughtful exploration of humans’ relationships with non-human animals.

Brooklyn-based composer and performer Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance.

In his first solo show, "Tentative Armor," he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance.

With his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.

Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country.