“This is a show for anyone who has stayed up nights worrying that life might go into free fall – immensely appealing.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times
NO PLACE TO GO
Composed and performed by Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra
Apr 11 - 12 | SEI Innovation Studio
In “No Place to Go,” warm melodies are the backdrop for composer and playwright Ethan Lipton’s tender, yet sometimes irreverent lyrics and comedic prose that compassionately capture Americans’ love-hate relationship with their jobs. Throughout this semi-staged play and musical encounter, Lipton, through the lens of the recently unemployed, reminds us of our attachment to work and our underlying resentment to it, using the 2008 economic collapse as a metaphor for corporate greed. In this work, the company where Lipton has worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet and Lipton doesn’t want to go. Directed by Leigh Silverman, “No Place to Go” delivers a hilarious, irreverent, and personal musical ode to the unemployed. Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra perform this OBIE Award-winning theatrical song cycle steeped in musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk, country, and lounge.
Lipton is joined by his incomparable orchestra members: Eben Levy, guitar; Ian Riggs, upright bass; Vito Dieterle, saxophones; and Rick Snell, electric guitar.
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Originally Produced by The Public Theater / Joe’s Pub