At the age of 14, if someone told me I couldn’t do something, I might get pretty righteously indignant, but likely would have felt powerless to do something about it, and then moved on to the next thing to be righteously indignant about.
In Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions‘ The Inn at Lake Devine, at age 14, protagonist Natalie is so affronted when her mother receives a letter suggesting, essentially, that there are “no Jews allowed” at the titular inn…well, she finagles a way to get there herself, to see just what’s up with that. That’s the inciting incident for a pretty epic memory play of love, loss, discrimination, and acceptance between three families through the ’60s and ’70s.
Listen in as Jake Lipman, TIC Producing Artistic Director/adaptor of the play/”Natalie” and fellow metaphorical multi-hat-wearer (but literally often sporting a fedora) Associate Producer/Assistant Director/Stage Manager Molly Ballerstein discuss how personal experiences helped to bring TIC to adapting this play, what it’s like to adapt a novel to a play, teaching/practicing space work, the importance of great designers, and what’s next for Tongue in Cheek.
“…there’s that element of my experiencing something [like this] at a similar age to Natalie, and then I just love her chutzpah and her moxie…she has a flair for the dramatic which I really enjoy.”
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Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions presents
The Inn at Lake Devine
adapted for the stage by Jake Lipman
from the novel by Elinor Lipman
directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
Associate Producer, Assistant Director, and Stage Manager Molly Ballerstein
244 W. 54th Street, 12th Floor
Friday, October 23, 2015 @7:30PM
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @7:30PM
these shows appear to be sold out, but there is a stand-by list!
tickets: $18, available via SmartTix