2015: Tenth season and a world premiere: The Inn at Lake Devine

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It all started in May 2014. We were in the midst of a successful run of the company–created comedy, Buffalo Heights. As I was running lines in my living room, my favorite novel caught my eye: The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman.

Immediately, I could envision it as a play, reminiscent of Our Town: New England families grappling with faith and love, plus music, a wedding, and a funeral.

I dashed off an e–mail inquiry through Elinor Lipman’s website. Elinor wrote back 30 minutes later. We met, I pitched the production, and by late 2014, Tongue in Cheek was committed to developing The Inn at Lake Devine during 2015.

My heartfelt thanks to Elinor, our readers, the actors in the staged reading in April, our cast, crew and production team for our 16–performance run in October, and our incredibly generous supporters and audiences.

As we head into our eleventh season, I am so grateful to all our collaborators and supporters over these ten years and 31 productions of thought–provoking comedies in NYC. Here’s to many more. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2016.

— Jake Lipman
Producing Artistic Director
Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions

Casting notice up on Actors Access - WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET

TIC's summer production of Women Playing Hamlet by William Missouri Downs, directed by Molly Ballerstein, is currently casting through Actors Access (auditions Tue & Wed May 10 & 11).

Please ONLY submit through Actors Access (and do not re-post).

5 show run at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, midtown NYC,  June 22-26, 2016     

AEA showcase, $150 stipend.
Auditions by appointment: Tue 5/10 and Wed 5/11 from 6:30-9:30 pm
Callbacks by invitation: Thur 5/12 from 6:30-9:30 pm 
Rehearsals: May 17-June 17, evenings in midtown Manhattan. Tue/Wed/Thur nights and Sun June 12
Tech: Mon June 20 evening
Final Dress: Tue June 21 evening
5 performances: Wed June 22 @ 7:30 pm, Thur June 23 @ 7:30 pm, Fri June 24 @ 7:30 pm, Sat June 25 @ 7:30 pm, Sun June 26 @ 2:30 pm

Given the ensemble nature of the play, please only submit if you can commit to all dates.


(29 years old). LEAD. Very pretty, self-deprecating, funny. A former soap opera star tackling the role of Hamlet and seeking answers. At times, she falls into her old Minnesotan accent. This character is on stage nearly the entire time and does a lot of direct address to the audience.

[ GWEN ]
(50s+). LEAD. A smart, direct, dry-witted NYC acting coach (once was nominated for a Tony Award), puts Jessica through her paces for the role of a lifetime

[ ACTRESS #1 ]
(29 years old). SUPPORTING. Attractive and whimsical. Actress Who Works at Starbucks/Punky Bike Messenger/Home Shopping Network Model/Soap Opera Starlet/Geeky Teenager

[ ACTRESS #3 ]
(Mid-30s+). SUPPORTING. Articulate and confident. Plays a Blowhard Male Humanities Professor/Minnesotan Priest Who Loves Shakespeare/A Philosophizing Bartender

[ ACTRESS #4 ]
 (40s+). SUPPORTING. Dramatic and character-y. Male Psychiatrist/Ghost/Home Shopping Network Host/Grand Dame Soap Opera Star Who’s Had a Stroke

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