Genre: Comedy, Drama
By Don Thompson, Directed by Pamela Butler

A exiled Tibetan Lama becomes an uncomfortable house guest for a Yale economics professor, who, along with his cynical colleagues, do not quite know what to think of the often irreverent monk. As the Lama turns his attention to the economist, the professor confesses some painful truths regarding mis-understood ideas and unresolved relationships. En route the Lama takes us on a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey through what the tragedy of Tibet means in a modern context. With the turmoil in Tibet making recent headlines, Tibet Does Not Exist takes on special meaning.

"Stands the modern Western world on its head... SO FUNNY that it is surprising... the playwright's reticence works: Tibet is very much on your mind as you leave." -- New York Times, October 1997

"Well-mixed blend of drawing room comedy and debate... deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible... [a] POWERFUL metaphor of Tibet as a state of mind that speaks to our own life values." -- CurtainUp, September 1997

"An animated TOUR DE FORCE!" -- Davida Singer, Villager, December 1996


About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.
Founded in early 2001, Nicu’s Spoon is dedicated to producing socially reflective theatre that innovatively challenges stereotypes, and touches the heart in an unexpected way. We are the central theater group in New York City who acts as a home for all - differing colors, abilities, ages, genders, and abilities. We celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent to today’s global, diverse and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people who are on the move and unheard, in every skin imaginable. We are committed to involving the spectrum of diverse and multi-abled voices in play selection, programs & internships, our artistic, production and volunteer staffs, and in our audience. Each play involves the rainbow we see around us on the streets of NYC. We see only possibilities and intend to change our perception of the world, one play at a time….

Preview:   04/08/09
Open:   04/09/09
Close:   04/26/09

Wed-Sun at 8 pm
Theater:   Nicu's Spoon Theatre
Address:   38 West 38th st. 5t floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:Opening Night Benefit $50 -, gen. admission $18, seniors/students/disabled $16 all other nights
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Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.         Official Web Site: www.spoontheater.org

Off-B'way: Elizabeth Rex, William Shakespeare (Nicu's Spoon) NYC:, Richard III (Nicu's Spoon) Godot Has Left The Building (The Culture Project), Dreaming of Norton (Theater Row), Pink Lady (EST) Regional: The Real Inspector Hound (Dogwood Dell), The Tempest (ASC), Godot Has Left The Building (Lex Theater). National Tours: The Giver (NTPA). Film/TV: “F.C.U. w/ Bill Murray” (2008 Sundance Film Festival Selection), "The Lost Children," “All-For-Nots,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “Norm.” NYU, Atlantic Theater Co., RADA. For Haley, my love, to whom I owe everything.

Tim Romero Sean

Tim Romero is a proud member of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company and of Actors Equity. He was last seen at the Spoon in "Tibet Does Not Exist Anymore" and was with them off-off and then Off Broadway in 2008’s ‘Elizabeth Rex’. He was also in 'Beatiful Thing', and debuting his singing voice for a live audience in '23 Coins'  Thank you Steph for the friendship and your belief in me and to the Knishy.

Sammy Mena Byron

Born and raised in the Bronx Sammy has been performing since the first grade. Through out elementary school and high school Sammy performed in the school's yearly Christmas and spring shows. In October of 2007 & 2008 Sammy was a part of New York's premier haunted house Blood Manor where he played a crazy inmate and tormented the guest while they waited on line. Sammy is a company member with Nicu's Spoon and has been in both productions of 'Elizabeth Rex' as well as 'Pinocchio'. Sammy would like to thank his friends and family for their support through out his acting career.

Oliver Conant Norman

Oliver Conant (Rev. Isaac Thigpen) a Manhattan based actor, writer, director and dramaturg, was last seen at the Spoon as Cole, a former follower of the psychopathic minister Jim Jones in Brian Dykstra's Hiding Behind Comets. Other Spoon: the comparatively harmless Comparative Religion Professor Norman Levy in Don Thompson’s Tibet Does Not Exist; the lecherous sot Luddy Beddowes in both the initial and off-Broadway runs of Timothy Findlay’s Elizabeth Rex, and (with Judith Shakespeare) the Roman General Cominius in Joanne Zipays staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Oliver began acting early. In high school, thanks to an indulgent and encouraging drama teacher, he produced, directed and starred in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. At fourteen he landed a principal role as Benjie in Robert Mulligan's 1971 Warner Bros film Summer of '42, reprising the role in a forgettable sequel and performing on Broadway as Kevin, middle son to Barbara Belgedes and Robert Lansing and the put upon younger brother to James Woods in Jean Kerr's 1973 domestic comedy Finishing Touches. There followed a hiatus of almost three decades, during which Oliver persued advanced degrees in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, worked in publishing, wrote reviews and essays, and taught as an adjunct and in secondary schools. In 2000 Oliver returned to the stage in, as it happened, another work of Samuel Beckett, playing the role of Hamm in Phillip E. Price’s production of Endgame. Since then he has acted in a variety of off-off Broadway plays as well as acting and directing a lot of Shakespeare. Along with Nicu’s Spoon, he is a member of the Medicine Show, Frog and Peach, and Judith Shakespeare Companies.

Susannah Mcleod Heather

Susannah, a native of Augusta, Georgia, is happy to be a part of Tibet Does Not Exist after recently performing with Nicu’s Spoon as the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio. Other NYC credits include The Deciders, Measure for Measure, Ingenue, The Strip, and Twelfth Night. With a musical theatre degree from the University of Miami, she has worked in theatres around the country, including Seven Stages in Atlanta, the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre in Miami, and Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado. Thanks to Stephanie for the opportunity, and always to my amazingly supportive friends and family! I love you guys! www.susannahmcleod.com

Sara Thigpen Trish

SARA THIGPEN won the 2005 NYIT Award for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role for her performance in Boomerang Theatre Company's production of Burning the Old Man. Her Off-Broadway credits include the FringeNYC 2002 production of Last Call (Theater for the New City) and the American premiere of William Shakespeare's Edward III (Bank Street Theatre). Indie Theater credits include the Boomerang Theatre Company productions of Stoppard Goes Electric, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Two Gentlemen of Verona; the FringeNYC productions of Marvelous Shrine and Muse of Fire; and Fluid Motion Theater & Film's production of The Great Conjurer. Film credits include the independent short Transcendence, with Jayne Atkinson and Laila Robbins. Sara co-wrote the FringeNYC 2006 hit, Grace (Cherry Lane Theatre), and directed the FringeNYC 2008 hit musical, Nudists in Love (45 Bleecker). She is an advocate of new play development and has been involved with more than a dozen world premieres, from inception to production, as an actor, writer, or director. She is a member of The Present Company's Pool, and has been a Guest Artist in the Playwrights-in-Residence program at The William Inge Center for the Arts. Sara will be directing Zack Calhoon's Krueger for Boomerang Theatre Company's First Flight Reading Series in March. Thanks to Nicu's Spoon for such a warm welcome!

Peter Quinones Rinpoche

Peter is happily returning to Nicu Spoon after a recent run of "Tibet Does Not Exist" as Rinpoche. He would like to thank Stephanie and this amazing cast (some who also were in"Tibet) for this opportunity. Peter is currently in production of the pilot TV show, "Here's To Us" as a co-star Sterling Blackburn. His other credits include playing the King in "The King And I" at Creative Ministries, a few episodes of "All My Children" and the segment 7 Ate 9 on "Sesame Street". Peter would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love & support. May we all experience some magic in our lives. Namaste.

Katie Labahn is thrilled to be a part of the Spoon Theatre. Even more so now to be involved with ‘Tibet does not exist’. She first began her adventure working when them in October 2007 when she was cast in the Children’s Show Sleeping Handsome. Katie grew up in Orlando FL, in September 2001 came to Manhattan to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre where she studied the Miesner approach to acting. After a year there, she joined Visible Theatre, a group of able-bodied and disabled actors and after almost six years of learning and study, chance and change brought her to the Spoon Theatre. In the time between Katie completed her BA in theatre arts at Hunter College. Katie thanks fellow company member Nick Linnehan for giving Katie her first chance with the Spoon Theatre as well as her New York Stage debut. Katie is deeply grateful to Stephanie Barton Farcas for her faith and trust. Katie looks forward to further new and exciting forthcoming adventures with the Spoon. Katie loves to write as much as act, she writes fantasy fiction novels and plays. She looks forward especially to this coming May when she hopes to have a first reading of her newest play, Vella and the Beast: A modern retelling of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast with a mythical twist. Katie sends love and thanks to her mother and family for their everlasting love and support in all her endeavors whether they are in writing or in theatre. Check out her Website: www.reelact.com/katelindsey