Rapture, Blister, Burn
9 performances: October 26-November 5, 2016
The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC
"Tongue in Cheek's revival brings an excellent perspective on the story through its nuanced and hilarious performances... creating a profound and profoundly funny must-see play."
"Tongue in Cheek's production feels both light and relevant. ...a great choice for an intimate night, and this was the right crew to put it up. What a satisfying production!"
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TRACILYN JONES (Catherine)
is a native Texan but recently moved to NYC from LA. Theater: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arsene Lupin vs. Sherlock Holmes, Happily Whatever After. NYC Film: Lydia's Last One, Caroline Alone, The Persephone Logs.
JAKE LIPMAN* (Gwen)
NY Theater: The Inn at Lake Devine, How I Learned to Drive, Proof, Our Town, The Mistakes Madeline Made, Books on Tape (FringeNYC), Up A River/Down the Aisle. TV: Six Degrees of Murder, A Crime to Remember. Film: Endo, Gary from Accounting, Solo, Harry & Judy, Envy. BA, Smith College, MFA Actors Studio Drama School at the New School. www.JakeLipman.com
BRITTANY ANIKKA LIU (Avery)
NY Theater debut! Graduated with degrees in Business and Film & Media Studies from the College of William & Mary in May. This summer, she played Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, making it her third season with VSF. Additional credits: Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film/TV: The Christmas Experience, CBN.
ROCHELLE SLOVIN* (Alice)
made her stage debut at the age of eight at Henry Street Playhouse. In the 1960s, she appeared at La Mama and other pioneering Off-Off Broadway theaters. Recent theater: The Last Romance (Ivorytown Playhouse), Saint Joan, The Accidental Caregiver, Do the Blind Dream?, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya. On screen: Redrum, The Hyperglot (directed by Michael Urie), Shakespeare's Sonnet XIV for The Sonnet Project, among others. She was the founder and director of the Museum of the Moving Image, which she led for 30 years.
PATRICK DANIEL SMITH* (Don)
Trained with Lily Lodge at The Actor's Conservatory in New York and with Al Freeman, Jr. at Howard University in D.C. Notable theater credits include A Soldier's Play, The Mousetrap, Night and Day, Persuasion, and Strangers on a Train.
*actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association
MOLLY BALLERSTEIN (Director)
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) and Associate Producer for The Inn at Lake Devine (TIC). She served as Co-Executive Producer with Going to Tahiti Productions and Brain Melt Consortium.
GINA GIONFRIDDO (Playwright)
is an award-winning playwright and accomplished television writer. Her play Rapture, Blister, Burn was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The show had a twice-extended run at Playwrights Horizons and a successful run at the Hamstead Theatre in London. Her play Becky Shaw (also a finalist for the Pulitzer) was honored with an Outer Critics Circle Award and two Evening Standard Award nominations. Other plays include After Ashley, U.S. Drag, Squalor, and America's Got Tragedy. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights and an American Theatre Critics Assocation/Steinberg Citation. Her TV writing includes Law & Order, Cold Case, and House of Cards. Graduate of Barnard College, Brown University's MFA playwriting program. She has taught at Brown University and Providence College.
JAKE LIPMAN (Producing Artistic Director)
Since founding Tongue in Cheek in 2006, Jake has produced 32 productions, including 14
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), and in 2015, adapted The Inn at Lake Devine into a play with music, based on the best-selling novel of the same name. TIC's 2014 production of Buffalo Heights was the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Ltd grant for developing new work. www.JakeLipman.com
ANGELINE NORTZ (Stage Manager)
is a student at Wagner College who is majoring in theater with a concentration in Design, Technology, and Management. This is her first TIC production. Recent SM credits include The Last Five Years and Waiting for Godot (SunDog), The Tempest, and A Chorus Line (Wagner College).
PHILIP ROTHMAN (Sound Designer)
In addition to working with TIC since its inception, on musical arrangements and choral direction for The Inn at Lake Devine and Our Town, Rothman's compositions have been performed by the Utah Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, United States Military Academy band, among others. His music has been awarded numerous honors, including four ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a Renee B. Fisher Foundation Award, the Brian M. Israel Prize, and a fellowship from the League of American Orchestras. His film orchestrations include Our Kind of Traitor, Too Big to Fail, You Don't Know Jack, and Teddy: In His Own Words. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Rice University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded a full scholarship.