A PERFORMANCE FROM DAVID PATRICK KELLY of "ONCE"
David Patrick Kelly (Da). Broadway: Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, The Government Inspector, Working. Off-Broadway: Once, When I Come to Die, Ghosts, Pearls for Pigs, The Cure, Arturo Ui. Regional: Woyzeck, Enrico IV, Tartuffe, Othello. Film & TV: The Warriors, Wild at Heart, Flirting With Disaster, Flags of Our Fathers, Crooklyn, "Twin Peaks," "Gossip Girl," "Louie." Awards: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (10 Tony nominations including Best Revival of a Musical) has triumphantly returned to Broadway, in an electrifying new staging, featuring such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing," plus a remarkable cast led Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier (all of whom received Tony Nominations for their performances). Experience the show TIME Magazine declares, "Exquisite, intimate and musically ravishing. A don't-miss theater event!" and The Associated Press calls, "A gorgeous version of The Gershwin Masterpiece!"
The classic story is set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater's most exhilarating love stories.
NO PLACE TO GO
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis) proudly presented Ethan Lipton's NO PLACE TO GO at Joe's Pub in spring 2011. Directed by Leigh Silverman and written by Ethan Lipton with music composed by Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra, NO PLACE TO GO was the first Joe's Pub commission, as part of its New York Voices Series, to become part of The Public Theater's season.
The story: The company where he's worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and Ethan Lipton doesn't want to go. Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to company and country, NO PLACE TO GO delivers an irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed.
"Ethan is our modern Everyman, a fantastic amalgam of Woody Guthrie and Woody Allen," said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "No Place To Go is incredibly insightful, timely, and delightful."
"Ethan Lipton is an incredible artist who has delighted audiences at Joe's Pub throughout the years," said Joe's Pub Director Shanta Thake. "This beautiful piece that was part of Joe's Pub's first ever series of commissions is a true testament to Ethan's unique point of view that also manages to be completely universal in its appeal."
The songs of Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra are steeped in American traditions of yore (jazz, blues, country, lounge), but his subjects are thoroughly modern (internet romance, racism, pets, police). It all adds up to a hilariously cockeyed view of an odd, disjointed age. Popmatters calls Lipton, "A sardonic voice that offers an unlikely kind of comfort against the vagaries of everyday life."
Lipton is joined by his incomparable "Orchestra" of Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (upright bass) & Vito Dieterle (sax), a trio that's been playing with him for seven years. Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra ("Best Lounge Act" New York Magazine) has
released four albums and played throughout New York and beyond (Joe's Pub, Bryant Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, Camden Opera House, etc.). The band has been featured on radio shows such as "Weekend Edition," "The World," and "Soundcheck," and contributed songs to Clash cover album "Sandinista" and the film "The Shift." As a performer, Ethan has worked with Laurie Anderson, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service, Matt Berninger of The National, and Gabriella Barnstone.
As a playwright, Lipton's plays have been seen and heard in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Berne (Austria). He is a winner of a NYFA grant and a Drama-Logue Award for playwriting. He has been a Kesselring prize nominee, an O'Neill Conference finalist, a member of the Public's Emerging Writers Group, and he is currently a Playwright's Realm Fellow. His play LUTHER premiere's in Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks this June.