Recent Tragic Events
Written by Craig Wright
It's the day after September 11, and Waverly opens her apartment door, aghast. How could she have forgotten her blind date, Andrew, would be picking her up? As she scrambles to get ready, a series of twists, turns, and unexpected guests make for a fateful first date.
A thought-provoking comedy about a blind date with destiny.
MATT GIBSON* (Andrew)
JAKE LIPMAN* (Nancy)
Off Broadway: Wearing Me Down (Prospect Theatre's Dark Nights), Sex and the Machine (Ma-Yi Theatre Lab reading). Off-Off Broadway (selected): The Inn at Lake Devine, Women Playing Hamlet, Buffalo Heights (Planet Connections 2017 Fest), How I Learned to Drive, Our Town, Books on Tape (FringeNYC). Film: The Clown, Endo, Solo, Gary from Accounting. MFA, Actors Studio Drama School; BA, Smith College. www.JakeLipman.com
JAYA TRIPATHI (Waverly)
WILLIAM DOUGLAS TURNER (Ron)
LORALEE TYSON (Stage Manager)
*Actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association
JAKE LIPMAN (Director and Producing Artistic Director)
Since founding TIC in 2006, Jake has produced 41 thought-provoking comedies, including the 2018 world premiere of her play Relentlessly Pleansant and her 2015 adaptation of The Inn at Lake Devine, and 14 iterations of TIC's Plus 1 Solo Show Festival. Two-time Puffin Foundation Ltd grant winner for the creation of new work, appears onstage in many TIC shows, and occasionally directs, including Relentlessly Pleasant, Ruby (2018 Planet Connections Fest, Best Director and Outstanding Production nominee), the 2014 world premiere and 2017 revival of Buffalo Heights (Planet Connections Theatre Fest 2017, Outstanding Production of a Revival nominee), and well-known plays like Mauritius, Our Town, and How I Learned to Drive. MFA, Actors Studio Drama School; BA, Smith College. www.JakeLipman.com
OLIVIA RAGAN (Assistant Director)
Olivia is a New York-based director committed to sharing stories that challenge social constructs and expectations. She assistant directed TIC's world premiere of Relentlessly Pleasant, and spent 6 weeks last summer as a Core Company apprentice at the Orchard Project. Directing credits include: The Wise Women by Nelson Clark, assistant directing Company (Barrington Stage), Speech and Debate, and the Musical Theater Conservatory at Barrington Stage (summer 2017). BA, Theater Arts, Marymount Manhattan College.
JESSICA FORNEAR (Stage Manager)
holds an associates degree in Theater, Film, and Television. Recent credits: LIC One Act Festival, The Tempest (The Secret Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Hedgepig Ensemble), The Marriage of Figaro (Hofstra Opera Theatre). Upcoming projects: Freedom (Ninja Ballet). @jg4near
PHILIP ROTHMAN (Sound Designer)
For TIC: Relentlessly Pleasant, The Inn at Lake Devine and Our Town. Orchestration credits: Our Kind of Traitor (StudioCanal), Ray Donovan (Showtime), Too Big to Fail, Taking Chance, Teddy in His Own Words, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO Films), Sin Nombre, Hollywoodland (Focus Features), The Nanny Diaries (Weinstein Company/MGM Films), Faces of America (PBS). New York Innovative Theatre Awards Nominee, Outstanding Sound Design for Proof (TIC). www.philiprothman.com
A note from the Artistic Director:
This is actually my second time working on Recent Tragic Events, which I first produced in 2009. That first production was deeply satisfying -- everyone involved still calls it one of their favorite plays ever -- which is why I am back, 10 years later, to revive it anew.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the original cast and crew of the 2009 production.
They are: Robyn Berg (Stage Manager), Tara Gadomski (Nancy), Brian W. Seibert (Andrew), Jake Sexton (Ron), plus our actual stage manager Syche Phillips, and our director Merete Muenter.
Special shout out to Ricardo Valdez, who, along with Brian Seibert, fashioned our Joyce Carol Oates.
Lastly, I moved to NYC in October of 2000 and started my grad school MFA program on September 11, 2001. I am so grateful to the people who came together to help rebuild our city. This play is dedicated to them.