BOOKS ON TAPE

Genre: Comedy
By William Missouri Downs, directed by Brock H. Hill

Official selection of the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival

Adriane loves to listen to James Michener novels; Jeffrey records them.  They are a perfect match except that he can't make up a story without the text in front of him, and she can't make love unless someone narrates.  After a chance seduction in the Books on Tape section of Barnes & Noble, they set out to understand Mother Teresa, professional rodeo announcers, near death experiences and how books on tape can fix their lives in twelve easy steps.

"William Missouri Downs flexes his considerable wit in asking if our ability to live in the present has been quashed by our need for familiar outcomes." --The Denver Post


About the Company: Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions

Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions mission is to produce thought-provoking comedies.  Founded in 2006, the company's more than 40 productions to date include the world premiere of Relentlessly Pleasant, an adaptation of The Inn at Lake Devine, based on the best-selling novel by the same name, the Puffin Foundation grant-winning Buffalo Heights, The Mistakes Madeline Made, Our Town, Books on Tape (FringeNYC 2011), Dead White Males, Proof, Love Letters, Five Flights, Recent Tragic Events, and its ongoing festival of original solo works, the Plus One Solo Show Festival.

Open:   08/18/11
Close:   08/28/11

Schedule:
Thursday, August 18 at 7 pm
Friday, August 19 at 4:45 pm
Saturday, August 20 at 5 pm
Saturday, August 27 at 7 pm
Sunday, August 28 at 1:15 pm
Theater:   Connelly Theater
Address:   220 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
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Closest subway: 6 to Astor Place. Walk south to 4th Street, east to theatre

Cost:Advance tickets: $15.00; Tickets at the door: $18.00; Seniors (65+) and Children (Under 12): $12.00
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions at 866-468-7619
Company: Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions         Official Web Site: www.tictheater.com

New York: The Inn at Lake Devine, Our Town, Proof, Buffalo Heights, How I Learned to Drive, The Mistakes Madeline Made. National Tour: The Little Prince (National Theatre of the Performing Arts). TV: Six Degrees of Murder, A Crime to Remember. Film: Endo, Gary from Accounting, Solo, Harry & Judy, Envy. MFA in acting (Actors Studio Drama School) BA in French and art (Smith College).

Theatre: Recently returned from performing Artie in Eleemosynary at Millbrook Playhouse. Co-produced and played Agnes in Marion Bridge at The Directors Company. Other favorite roles include Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard at Columbia and Tansy in The Nerd at CRT. Film: Silver Tongues, Bad Idea, Overheard. B.F.A., University of Utah, as well as training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, National Theatre Conservatory, and The Actors Center, NYC. www.shanawiersum.wordpress.com

Geoffrey J.D. Payne began his formal stage training at the Warner Theatre and graduated from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Assisted Beverly Brown in Funk-Jazz at the Broadway Dance Center. Some credits include: Choose Your Grown Adventure, Light Up The Sky, This Is Our Youth, The Big Funk, and Footloose. Actor and co-founder of the Altruistic Theatre Company.

Recent credits: Claudio in Much Ado at the American Globe, Fred / Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol and Phileas Fogg in Around the World, both at the Roxy Regional Theatre. He has appeared in several commercials and will be seen in Wicked Attraction on the Investigation Discovery Channel. A proud graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.