Playwright and musician Lipton, who was among the Public Theater's inaugural Emerging Writers Group, penned the piece that will play a limited three-week engagement through April 8. He regularly performs with his band, Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra, which created the music for the piece.
Presented as part of the Public Theater's New York Voices Series, No Place to Go will officially open March 21. It is the first Joe’s Pub commission to become part of the Public Theater's seasonal programming.
Here's how the work is described: "The company where he's worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go. Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, No Place to Go delivers a hilarious, irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed in this unforgettable evening."
Lipton will be joined by musicians Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian M. Riggs. Lighting design is by Ben Stanton.
"Ethan is our modern Everyman, a fantastic amalgam of Woody Guthrie and Woody Allen. No Place to Go is incredibly insightful, timely, and delightful," Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "We are thrilled to be able to bring back this fantastic show to share with a broader public. Ethan deserves it, and so does our audience!"
Tickets go on sale Feb. 7. For tickets, priced $30, visit JoesPub. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.