Can you imagine the current economic environment parlayed into a staged folksy musical with “a chipper-despite-it-all song cycle that Woody Guthrie and Ben Folds might both embrace”? (New York Times) Why not?! Parents of Occupy Wall Street staged a chalkufy this weekend and just maybe these culamative artistic responses to our economic disparity will serve to keep our needs in the forefront of our politicians’ brains.
Written by Lipton and directed by Leigh Silverman, NO PLACE TO GO at the Public Theater, is an ode to the unemployed and to employment. When his company moves to Mars, Lipton stages a production that is “part love letter to his coworkers, part query to the universe and part protest to his company and country.” About work, he expresses ambivalence and declares that “Anxiety is excitement in disguise!” It is both relevant and meaningful in a day and age where jobs aren’t easy to keep, and many aren’t easy to love.
Lipton is joined by musicians Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian M. Riggs. Together they create music that is sultry and creates a sense of uncertainty as Lipton tells his story.
Want to make it a whole date night? You can order drinks, appetizers, dinner and experience the magic of the Public Theater.
To get discount tickets to the show, use code NOPLACE for $25 tickets, which can be purchased by calling 212-967-7555, going to JoesPub‘s web site, or visiting the Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street.
In addition, the Public is offering a chance to see the show. Four grand prize winners will receive a pair of VIP tickets and a $40 food/drink voucher for NO PLACE TO GO – go here to enter. Contest Ends March 19, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (EDT)