How I Learned to Drive
16 performances: October 7-24, 2015
World Premiere Play with Music
Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC
Adapted by Jake Lipman
Based on the novel by Elinor Lipman
Original music and orchestrations by Philip Rothman
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
"With religion always a hot button topic, it's refreshing to see a show tackle the topic with humor and poignancy without being overly earnest."
Theatre Is Easy
"An amitious play, with good acting and enjoyable music, that comes together to tell Natalie's story, and her willingnes to stand up to an injustice, is just as important today was it was decades ago."
Where chutzpah meets reservations.
As a a teenager in the 60s, Natalie Marx is shocked when her family is denied entry at an inn in Vermont simply because they're Jewish. Years later, Natalie is invited to a wedding at the inn, and with that visit, she finds herself falling for one of the innkeeper's sons. A comedy about interfaith romance based on the best-selling novel.
KURT BARDELE* (Donald Fife)
Theater: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Barber of Seville (New York City Opera), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), The Wild Party (Goldberg), She Loves Me (Kodaly), Chess (Anatoly), The Music Man (Jacey Squires), Apollonia’s Circus (Buffalo Bill), The Joy of Bernadette (Antoine). TV: Bethea/Barko’s Ringer$, SVU. AEA.
MICHAEL BREESE BARBOUR* (Eddie Marx)
Amadeus (Syracuse Stage), King Lear (CNY Shakespeare, Syracuse Area Live Theatre Award), Rounding Third (The Redhouse), Fever 1793 (Gifford Family Theatre), The Fantastiks (Cortland Repertory Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (National Players), Lovers (Jazz Central), Pirates of Penzance (Guest Artist, Le Moyne College). TV and film: The Blacklist, Neon Lights, Unsolved Mysteries. AEA.
ANDREW DAWSON* (Karl Berry)
Recently appeared as Edward Gorey in Gorey. Off-Broadway/NYC: Acts of Love, Blue Flower, Noir, Box Office Poison, Goodbye New York, Octopus Love Story, and Training Wisteria. Numerous touring and regional credits include The Silent Boy, My Heart in a Suitcase, Diary of Anne Frank, Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Fuddy Meers, Enemy of the People, Talley’s Folly, and The Only Thing Worse… He can be seen as political pundit Andrew Novack on The Onion Network’s In the Know. AEA, SAG-AFTRA. www.andrewdawson.net
JESSICA GIANNONE (Woman)
NYC: Marie Christine (1st NYC Revival, 3LD), Tristan & Isolde (Fringe), Upton Abbey (UCB/The PIT), The Empress and El Diablo (Toy Box Theatre Co.). Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Torchbearing Ladies (Williamstown), At Home (The Workshop at Williamstown). UK: The Libertine (Glasgow Citizens, Bristol Old Vic), The Winter's Tale (Tobacco Factory), Jez Butterworth's The River (The Brewery). Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (MA), SCAD (BFA), and UCB. www.jessicagiannone.com
CARSON LEE* (Nelson Berry)
NY Theatre: Office Politics (Long View Theater), The Water Children (Goodly Rotten Apple Productions), The Tenant (Theater for the New City). Regional Theatre: Take Me Out (Mixed Blood Theater), Proposals (Old Log Theater). Film/TV: Sweetness, 13 Hours In A Warehouse, Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), I'd Kill For You (Discovery ID).
JAKE LIPMAN* (Natalie Marx)
New York: How I Learned to Drive, Our Town, Proof, company-created Buffalo Heights, Books on Tape (FringeNYC), and her solo show, Up a River/Down the Aisle. Film/web: Solo, Harry & Judy, Bully, and 2 seasons of Smart Actress (LA Web Fest, Holly Shorts Fest). BA, Smith College; MFA, Actors Studio Drama School. www.jakelipman.com
MARIA MALONEY* (Robin Fife)
NYC: Jennifer Lane’s Tummy Bubbles (terraNOVA Collective Groundbreakers, Samuel French Festival 2013, Women Center Stage 2013), Three Wishes for Jamie (Musicals Tonight!), Bring Back Birdie (Opening Doors Theatre). Regional: The Star-Spangled Girl (Springer Opera House), Suds (Greenbrier Valley Theatre), All Shook Up, The Last Five Years and The Crucible (Roxy Regional Theatre), Bye Bye Birdie (Ocean City Theatre Company). Tours: Amelia Bedelia and Other Stories (Two BeansProds.) and The Taffetas (Springer Theatricals). AEA. www.mariamaloney.com
NORRICE RAYMAKER* (Sissy Fife)
Theater: Paper Moon: The Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse), Nunsense (National Tour), Three Postcards (Northlight Theatre, IL), How to Succeed… (Drury Lane Theatre, IL), The Music Man (Civic Light Opera), On the Verge (City Theater Co., Pittsburgh), Regrets Only (J City Theater). TV/Film: The Haunting of (Bio Channel), Lines & Asides (Goodly Rotten Apple Productions), Monumental Mysteries (Optomen).
AMANDA RODHE (Gretel Berry)
Graceless (Capital Fringe Festival), Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Taste (WTF), FAME! (North Shore Music Theatre), A Game Without a Name (NY International Fringe Festival), Babes in Toyland (Gloucester Stage Company), The Wizard and I: The Magical Journey of Stephen Schwartz (Carnegie Hall). www.amandarodhe.com
ANDREW SPIEKER* (Kris Berry)
Theater: A Christmas Carol (American Drama Group Europe), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Three Musketeers (Connecticut Free Shakespeare), Within the Law (Metropolitan Playhouse), Angela's Justice (Theater For a New City), Dirty Blonde (Civic Theater of Allentown), Run For Your Wife! (Downstairs Cabaret Theatre). BA, University of Nebraska-Kearney.
BARBRA WENGERD* (Pamela Marx)
The Taming of the Shrew (New Duke on 42nd); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet (National Shakespeare Company); The Glass Menagerie (Arizona Theater Company); Cyrano de Bergerac, The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Old Globe). On camera: The Digressions; That Thing From Before; For My Kids. MFA, University of San Diego.
JENNIFER DORR WHITE*
Theater: Call Me Waldo (Working Theater), Since Africa (Red Fern), Gorilla (SATC), Children at Play (CollaborationTown), Blue Before Morning (terraNOVA), Pera Palas (Lark). Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, Congratulations Debby, ABCD, Aaron Bacon, Onion News Network. Member, The Actors Center. www.jenniferdorrwhite.com
JILL MELANIE WIRTH*
Off-Broadway: Kithless in Paradise. TV-Film: HBO's The Normal Heart. Concert: This is for You Daisy Ellington (92nd Street Y). Artistic New Directions: Sex Ed and Welcome to Playland! (co-written and performed with David Wirth). www.JillMelanieWirth.blogspot.com
TONY WOLF* (Man)
Tony is an actor, voice-over guy, illustrator, and red carpet host. Favorite theatre: Jacques in As You Like It, Smudge in Forever Plaid. Commercials for Sci-Fi Channel & VH1. His comedy videos with College Humor / Jest.com have been featured on The Huffington Post & New York Magazine's site, Vulture. AEA, SAG-AFTRA. www.tonywolfactor.com
National Tour: 42nd Street, White Christmas. Regional highlights: Funny Girl (Hillbarn), Peter Pan (Mountain Play), Grease (Music Circus), 42nd Street (FCLO – LA Garland Award Honorable Mention), Shrek (3D Theatricals – LA Scenie Award), Singin' in the Rain (Broadway By the Bay – SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Award). www.melissawolfklain.com
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association
(AD & Stage Manager)
Directing: Sometimes It Feels Like That (Going to Tahiti Productions), I, Salome (Roots & Wings), The Sandman's Coming (GTTP), Smacker and the Highway (Waving Cat Productions), Sex in Mommyville (AF Productions), and Green Man (Silver Masque). Directed readings for The Amoralists, Exquisite Corpse Company, GTTP, and Tongue in Cheek Theater. Producer for Poetic License: Subconscious Festival (Poetic Theater Productions). She served as Co-Executive Producer with Going to Tahiti Productions and Brain Melt Consortium.
RICHARD T. CHAMBLIN III
Richard has worked at The Goodspeed, Asolo Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, Two Rivers Theater Company, The Public, Ars Nova, The Barter Theater, and Busch Gardens: Williamsburg, VA. Richard is also the Senior Lighting Designer at Luce Group; an architectural, museum, and themed entertainment lighting design firm. Current clients include Sea World Parks and Entertainment, Universal Studios Orlando, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
KIMBERLY FAITH HICKMAN
(Director & Choreographer)
Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, Clybourne Park, The Assembled Parties. Off-Broadway/NYC: Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Women's Project, Theatre Row, Writopia Lab, Horse Trade and terraNOVA Collective. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Omaha Playhouse, Springer Opera House, Playhouse on the Square. Mentorships with Susan Stroman, Pam MacKinnon and Lynne Meadow, member of Directors Lab West and Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Founder of Bechdel Project, proud member of SDC. www.kimberlyfaithhickman.com
ELINOR LIPMAN (Novelist)
An accomplished writer of novels and essays, including The Inn at Lake Devine, My Latest Grievance (winner of The Poetry Center’s 2007 Paterson Fiction Prize), And Then She Found Me (turned into a major motion picture starring and directed by Helen Hunt), The View from Penthouse B, The Ladies’ Man, Isabel’s Bed, among others. Essays include I Can’t Complain and Tweet Land of Liberty. www.elinorlipman.com
LISA RENEE JORDAN
Shesh Yak (Rattlestick), Comida de Puta (MultiStages), Useless (IRT), Holy Land (HERE Arts), The Myth Project (Noor Theatre), The Summoners (Hook & Eye), Fetes de la Nuit (Ohio Theatre). Drama Desk Nomination – Outstanding Theatrical Experience; Boy in the Bathroom, Castronauts (NYMF); The Witching Hour, Triangle (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Lysistrata (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Thicker Than Water, Neglect (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.LisaReneeJordanDesigns.com
(Producing Artistic Director & Playwright)
Since founding Tongue in Cheek in 2006, Jake has produced 31 productions, including fourteen Plus 1 Solo Show Festivals. She appears onstage in many TIC shows, occasionally directs (Buffalo Heights, Our Town, How I Learned to Drive, Places, Please and How to Behave). TIC's 2014 production of Buffalo Heights was the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Ltd grant for developing new work. www.JakeLipman.com
TYLER M. PERRY
Into the Woods (Cider Mill Playhouse), The House, Slashes of Light, Lungs (Kitchen Theatre Co.), AOPA Live (Infinite Design), Spring Awakening (Atlantic Theater Company), As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Co.). BFA Theatrical Production Arts, Ithaca College.