TIC is thrilled to be working with the very talented Matt Gibson* on Recent Tragic Events, which runs for 8 performances May 8-11 and 15-18 @ 8 pm at The Bridge Theater @ Shetler Studios.
Tickets are $20 here: www.tictheater.com and by calling 1-800-838-3006.
We asked 3 quick questions and he answered...
Who do you play in this play?
I play Andrew -- bookstore manager at the Minneapolis Airport, set up by his college acquaintance on a blind date.
Bookstore, huh? What's your favorite book?
Tough to choose! The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. It's about cousins who become major figures in the comics industry in NYC. (Other front runners: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and A Separate Peace.)
The play, Recent Tragic Events, has a lot of coincidences. Recent coincidental things in your life, and what does it all mean?
Since we've started work on this play so many things referenced in it have turned up in my life. My character references several authors including Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop. Last night I turned on my TV and it was a documentary about Maryanne Moore and she was talking about a letter she wrote to Elizabeth Bishop! I always take these "coincidences" as signs it's the right project for me to be working on.
*Matt appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association, AEA-approved showcase production.
TIC asked, Lori Funk answered: a few quick questions about her work on our newest play, RELENTLESSLY PLEASANT.
Funk plays a series of fun, funny, and fearless women in the workplace comedy.
We open in 10 days and run Oct. 10-27, 2018 at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios. Get your tickets here: www.tictheater.com.
Fill in the blank: I am relentlessly _______________.
Neurotic. And Tired.
What has been your favorite part of being involved with Relentlessly Pleasant?
Jake Lipman: the woman, the myth, the legend. She is relentlessly organized, and I cannot even begin to describe how much my neurotic self appreciates that. It isn't lost on me how hard she works and how much she devotes to her passion. Not only that, she is the ultimate prop master!
In the play, the conference rooms are named after great women and cite a quotation from them. Give us one of your favorite quotes!
"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." -- Carol Burnett
Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions (Jake Lipman, producing artistic director), will hold auditions by appointment August 13 and 14 for the new play Relentlessly Pleasant written and directed by Jake Lipman.
Casting notes on Actors Access.
Casting 8 women, 1 man for the world premiere production of an ensemble comedy set in an all-female co-working space.
Interested actors should submit through Actors Access and indicate preferred date/time range for appointments on either Monday, August 13 or Tuesday, August 14 from 5:45-9 PM.
Due to the high volume of submissions, we respectfully ask that interested actors submit through Actors Access only; do not reach out via email to request a time slot.
Important dates (seeking actors with excellent availability):
Auditions: August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 from 5:45-9 PM in midtown NYC
Rehearsals: September 6-October 7 on weeknights and Sunday afternoons
Tech and final dress: October 8-9
Fourteen-show run: October 10-27, 2018 at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios in midtown NYC.
L-R: Philip Rothman, Jake Lipman, Sergio Ruiz (photos by Justin Mohling for the Glenn Korff School of Music)
Producing Artistic Director of Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions, Jake Lipman, along with her husband and longtime collaborator Philip Rothman, were thrilled to be guest artists at the University of Nebraska Lincoln on January 18, 2018.
The couple was interviewed by director of the Glenn Korff School of Music, Sergio Ruiz, at the combined undergraduate Convocation and graduate Colloquia, where they discussed their creative work together, most notably their 2015 adaptation of the novel THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE by Elinor Lipman, which Jake Lipman adapted, and for which Philip Rothman made original compositions and arrangements of choral work to enrich the piece.
Susan Gross is an actor and writer whose solo show RUBY premieres tonight, Sunday 10/22 @ 8 PM and will be performed on Monday 10/23 @ 8 PM as part of Tongue in Cheek's Plus 1 Festival. Tickets are $18 at www.tictheater.com and call 1-800-838-3006 (note that each night of the festival features 2 shows for the price of 1 ticket). We asked Susan to tell us more about her piece and process.
What's RUBY about?
It's a very bare-it-all piece, part comedy and part drama, about a woman's struggles with anxiety, body issues, and coming to terms with whether or not she wants to have a baby.
What inspired you to write it?
It's a very personal story that I needed to tell for myself, and hopefully, others will relate to it. I have always performed in the theater. I recently took a stand up class, and liked the idea of being on stage by myself, storytelling, but without the anxiety of constantly hoping a joke would land.
Funny story about your piece?
I filmed a teaser trailer for RUBY with my husband, sort of guerrilla-style. I wanted to convey the loneliness I feel when I want a child and it seems like everyone around you has one. So we walked down to the park in our neighborhood and I saw a stroller next to the water. I told my husband to film me next to it. A few moments later, someone came over and snatched it away. I had to laugh. It was the perfect metaphor for what I'm going through, so we kept that moment in the trailer.
How did you come to collaborate with TIC?
I had auditioned for TIC before and then ran into producing artistic director Jake while standing in line for a casting. We hit it off and wanted to collaborate. I feel very lucky to be supported by this company and have Jake direct RUBY as well.
MAURITIUS opens tonight! We asked the wonderful actor Michael Vincent Carrera, who plays 'Sterling' a few questions, below -- and please come out to see this great piece about 2 stamps, 2 sisters, and a pile of cash.
Tickets are $18 at www.tictheater.com and 1-800-838-3006 for 7 performances, Wed-Fri 10/18-20 and Wed-Sat 10/25-28 @ 8 PM, The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC. Note that the lobby of the building is under construction.
What drew you to the role of 'Sterling'?
I knew I would relish stepping into Sterling's shoes, form the first time I read this play, about 10 years ago. When you get to play someone who is so dominant, so alpha male and assertive in presence, it is a fun change from the polite and acceptable lives most of us lead on a daily basis. With this role, I get to exercise, or exorcise, essences within myself that I normally would put on hold.
Tell us about working with TIC for the first time!
The company, and producing artistic director Jake Lipman, make the actors feel appreciated and part of the creative process. And Jake is so organized and right on with every detail of the company's functioning.
How is MAURITIUS relevant to audiences now?
Although it may not be evident at first glance, this play is so relevant to current events and politics in our country now. At its core this play deals with a group of duplicitous con men and women hiding the truth with "alternative facts," machismo threats, narcissism, and bluster... sound familiar?
TIC's 35th production, MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck, opens tomorrow - Wed 10/18 @ 8 PM, and we recently asked our super talented cast member, Derek Long, a few quick questions!
Read on, and get your $18 tickets to MAURITIUS @ www.tictheater.com or call 1-800-838-3006. 7 performances, Wed-Fri 10/18-20 and Wed-Sat 10/25-28 @ 8 PM @ The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC.
Tell us about your character, Dennis, and what draws you to him.
Dennis is a scrappy, smooth operator. He's not decorated with degrees, but charming, confident, positive and a survivor. All are qualities I admire, respect, and aspire to. We share some characteristics. Will let those who know me be the judge of which ones.
How has it been working with TIC Theater for the first time?
It has been a pleasure from the start. The bar of professionalism, care, and passion were set very high right off the bat and I would be delighted to call this the first of future collaborations.
What excites you about this play and what do you think is its draw for audiences?
Theresa Rebeck's work has been in my periphery for a long time, since I started to seriously cultivate and hone my acting craft and career. Happy to add such a play to my resume. And I have huge respect for the names of people credited with the original productions; I am proud to add my name to those associated with Rebeck productions.
In the week leading up to TIC's 35 production, MAURITIUS, we're asking our cast and crew a few quick, fun, questions!
We run Oct. 18-28 @ 8 PM, Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 12th Fl. Get your $18 tickets at www.tictheater.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
We had to start with the talented Emily Nash, who plays Jackie, the beating heart at the center of this play about two sisters, two stamps, and a pile of cash.
Tell us about Jackie and what draws you to playing her?
Jackie will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She's a younger sister (just like me!), and I love that she's so outspoken, resourceful, tenacious, and darkly funny. I like to think I have some of those qualities. Jackie has been a dream role of mine for a while, and I'm super excited to get to tackle this part and this play with TIC!
Our show revolves around a stamp collection. Do you, or have you, ever had a collection of some kind?
When I was a kid, I had an embarrassingly large collection of snow globes. I would receive them as gifts, and buy them myself on trips, and I accumulated so many that my parents had to buy me a giant shelf for my childhood bedroom to store all of them! I think, thankfully, most of them have since landed in a dumpster (though I did hold on to one or two!).
Seeking 4 actors (AEA and non-union) for MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck.
Please submit *only* through Actors Access so we can track all submissions in one place.
All actors must be comfortable with long monologues and stage combat (stage punches, slaps, choking).
REHEARSALS: Tue/Wed/Thur evenings from 6-9:30 PM from 9/5-10/15/17 + 3 Sun afternoons from 1-5 PM on 10/1, 10/8, 10/15.
TECH: Mon 10/16 evening.
FINAL DRESS: Tue 10/17 evening.
7 PERFORMANCES: Wed-Fri 10/18-20 and Wed-Sat 10/25-28 @ 8 PM.
STORY LINE: A darkly funny thriller by Theresa Rebeck, about two half-sisters, an inherited collection of rare stamps, and what happens when some questionably-motivated buyers and a pile of money come up for grabs.
The role of MARY is cast.
[JACKIE](20s). Jaded, spent most of her life caring for her mother, who recently died. At odds with her half-sister, goes behind her back to sell off potentially valuable stamps with some shady characters.
[DENNIS](Late 20s/early 30s). A natural charmer, well-spoken and fit, but made some poor life choices in the past. Sees an opportunity in Jackie’s selling of the stamps to make some quick money, grows attracted to her.
[STERLING](40s-50s). A successful, if shady, businessman with a passion for stamps and long speeches. Quick to anger with a violent streak, the actor should be fit and/or physically imposing in some way.
[PHILIP](40s+). Owner of a stamp shop and expert philatelist, whose wife left him years ago. Extremely wary of Sterling, given past betrayal, and does not want to get involved with Jackie and the stamps she brings to his shop.
This revival of comedy Buffalo Heights is an official selection of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity on the Lower East Side this June 15-30. We sat down with the incomparable Patrick Truhler to get his thoughts on the show and get YOU to come see him in it!
Venue: LATEA Theater @ the Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
Trains: F, J, M, Z to Delancey/Essex Stations
Get your $18 tickets at www.tictheater.com or below direct links:
3 shows left! (90-min run time, no intermission)
Sat 6/24 @ 3:30 PM
Sun 6/25 @ 9:30 PM
Fri 6/30 @ 7:15 PM
Give us your character's high school yearbook picture, quotation, and extra curriculars.
I play Mike Hobbes, security professional at Buffalo Heights High.
Mike's yearbook photo would be a dapper one, inspired by 80's Tom Selleck.
Mike's yearbook quotation is from the show 'Barney Miller' where Barney says, "We do everything by the book, according to regulations, above board."
Track and Field (equipment manager)
Rowing (equipment manager)
Choir (equipment manager)
Favorite line from the play, and why.
My favorite line of Mike's is in scene one after he meets Fran for the first time. After stopping her to search her bag, Fran inquires where Principal Washington is. Mike responds by saying, 'She hasn't arrived yet. And until she does, technically I'm in charge around here.' Even though it isn't the funniest line in the play, I think this is the first time Mike has really felt in charge of anything....even though he isn't.
The play centers around a class election. What would your character's slogan be if they were running?
If Mike were running for a class election, he would run for President. He has such a heightened sense of self importance, to the point that he offends others by trying to control them. I think his slogan would go along the lines of, 'Vote Mike Hobbes for student body president, because you are all misinformed sheep and Mike is a wolf. A nice wolf. A wolf who likes sheep and can tell them what to do. Because sheep are dumb and wolves are smart and have fur.'