Commissioned last spring by Joe’s Pub as part of its first ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, NO PLACE TO GO was developed to have an extended three week engagement at Joe’s Pub through Sunday, April 8. It will have an official press opening on Wednesday, March 21.
The company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go. Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, NO PLACE TO GO delivers a hilarious, irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed in this unforgettable evening.
Ethan Lipton (Playwright). His plays have been seen and heard in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Berne (Austria). Ethan is a winner of a NYFA grant and a Drama-Logue Award for playwriting. He has been a Kesselring prize nominee, an O’Neill Conference finalist; a member of the inaugural class of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater; and is currently a Playwright’s Realm Fellow. In 2011 Ethan was commissioned by Joe’s Pub through the NEA to write No Place to Go as part of the New York Voices series. With his band Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra (“Best Lounge Act” New York Magazine), he has released four albums and played throughout New York and beyond (Joe’s Pub, Bryant Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, Camden Opera House, etc.). The band has been featured on radio shows such as “Weekend Edition,” “The World,” and “Soundcheck,” and contributed songs to Clash cover album “Sandinista” and the film “The Shift.” As a performer, Ethan has worked with Laurie Anderson, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service, Matt Berninger of The National, and Gabriella Barnstone.
LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director). Her Broadway credits include David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish; Lisa Kron’s Well. Her recent world premieres include Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Close Up Space (MTC); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/37 Arts); Creature (New Georges/P73); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Well (The Public Theater, Huntington Theatre and ACT); The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTW); Jump/Cut (Woolly Mammoth Theatre/Theater J and Women’s Project); also Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre); and many regional productions.
VITO DIETERLE (Saxophone) has been a featured soloist at the Burlington and Chicago Jazz Festivals, and in venues around the country. In New York he is a frequent player with composer-pianist Joel Forrester’s band People Like Us, and he leads his own trio every Sunday at Little Branch. Vito studied at The New School with jazz greats such as Arnie Lawrence, Barry Harris, Benny Powell, Lee Konitz, Reggie Workman, Junior Mance and Chico Hamilton and is part owner of the jazz supper club Silver Lining.
EBEN LEVY (Guitar) was co-leader of the ‘90s cult-favorite funk band Chucklehead and was the group’s guitarist, emcee and a principal songwriter. Eben later led the organic/electronic funk band Ejectrode, putting out Accident Theory in 2002, and has written music extensively for film and television.
IAN M. RIGGS (Bass) is also a composer, singer and guitarist who performs and records in and out of New York City with a wide range of artists, among them Howard Fishman, One Ring Zero, Blarvuster, Hilary Hawke, Likeness to Lily, The Lonesome Trio, Giancarlo Vulcano, and David Eggar. As a composer he has provided music for Adrian Muys’ films, Iris, and Hands of Harvest as well as for Gabriella Barnstone’s dance/theatre piece, The Dinner Party.
NO PLACE TO GO features lighting design by Ben Stanton.
TICKET INFORMATION NO PLACE TO GO begins performances on Wednesday, March 14 and runs through Sunday, April 8 at Joe's Pub. Single tickets, priced at $30, are on sale now and can be purchased at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office. The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Sundays at 7 p.m. There is an added performance on Sunday, April 1 at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m. (There is no performance on Thursday, March 22 and Wednesday, April 4. The performance on Friday, March 30 is at 9 p.m., not 7 p.m. ) There will be no food or drink minimum for this event. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for dinner and drinks before the 7 p.m. shows. The Public Theater and Joe's Pub are located at 425 Lafayette Street and the box office number is (212) 967-7555. For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.
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