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No Place To Go

October 6, 2012 - November 4, 2012

Written by Ethan Lipton
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Music by Ethan Lipton, Eben Levy, Ian M. Riggs, and Vito Dieterle
Performed by Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra

Marion Huber Theater

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The corporation where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go. Two River Theater is thrilled to bring our audiences the work of a truly original American artist with Ethan Lipton’s No Place to Go, an irreverent, deeply compassionate musical ode to America’s work force—and a love letter to friends, family, and country. Steeped in musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk, country, and lounge, No Place to Go is “immensely appealing,” raves The New York Times; Ethan Lipton “is expert at keeping music, jokes, and personal narrative tightly knitted together into one consistent human package.”

Join us early for food and beverages in our transformed Marion Huber Theater! 
Working with director Leigh Silverman and her design team, including scenic designer Rachel Hauck, and lighting designer Ben Stanton, Two River Theater has transformed its flexible Marion Huber performance space into an intimate music club with cabaret-style seating for this production. et al fine food & events, a catering and event-planning company founded by executive chef Kimberly Ramin, has created a special menu, with food and beverages available for purchase beginning one hour before show time at every performance. CLICK HERE to view the menu.


-- Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra received a 2012 Obie Award for No Place to Go; a studio recording of the show is now available. 

-- Obie-winner Leigh Silverman has directed Lisa Kron’s Well and David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish on Broadway. 

-- No Place will be performed with cabaret-style seating, and our Marion Huber Theater will be transformed into a hip music club!

CLICK HERE to hear song selections from the show!

Play Guide

How NO PLACE TO GO Became Theater

A concert at Joe's Pub transitions into drama


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Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra is a band comprised of Ethan Lipton (vox), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs (bass), and Vito Dieterle (sax). Ethan writes the words and melodies, and together the quartet turns them into music. A band since 2005, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra has released five albums (including the soundtrack to No Place to Go) and played throughout New York and beyond (Joe’s Pub, Bryant Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, Camden Opera House). The band was dubbed the city’s "Best Lounge Act" by New York Magazine and has been featured on radio shows such as “Weekend Edition,” “The World” and “Soundcheck,” as well as on the Clash cover album Sandinista and in the film The Shift. Their musical No Place to Go won a 2012 Obie Award for its run at Joe’s Pub. The band has also presented the show in Los Angeles, Vermont, and Connecticut, and will perform it this December in Arlington, VA, and at the ATP Festival in Camber Sands, England. More information at

Vito Dieterle
Vito Dieterle


Vito Dieterle (Saxophone) started playing live around Chicago at the age of 14. He has been a featured soloist in venues and festivals around the country and around the world. In New York, he is a frequent player with many noted jazz musicians, and he leads his own quartet every Monday evening at Little Branch in the West Village. Vito studied at the New School with jazz greats such as Arnie Lawrence, Barry Harris, Benny Powell, Lee Konitz, Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, and Chico Hamilton. And he is a proud owner of the cocktail lounge and jazz club Silver Lining in Tribeca.

Eben Levy
Eben Levy

Guitar, Keyboard Samples

Eben Levy (Guitar, Keyboard Samples) was co-leader of the ‘90s cult-favorite funk band Chucklehead and was the group’s guitarist, emcee and a principal songwriter. He has written music extensively for film and television. Recent highlights include themes for MTV’s Silent Library and TLC’s Leave It to Niecy. More at Eben lives in sunny in South Orange, NJ with his wife, children, and dog. Go frickin’ Jersey!

Ethan Lipton
Ethan Lipton


Ethan Lipton (Playwright, Vocals) Plays include Red-Handed Otter; Luther; The Barber and the Farmer; Goodbye April, Hello May; 100 Aspects of the Moon; and Meat. Ethan has been an NYFA and NEA grantee and a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. He has worked extensively with Clubbed Thumb and is currently the Playwrights Realm’s Page One Resident Playwright. Ethan is the recipient of an Obie Award (No Place to Go) and a Drama-Logue Award (Meat), has been a Kesselring Prize nominee, and has developed work with New York Stage and Film and the Lark. As a performer, he has worked with Laurie Anderson, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service, Matt Berninger and Gabriella Barnstone. For more information on the band, see Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra.

Ian Riggs
Ian Riggs

Upright Bass, Acoustic Guitar

Ian M. Riggs (Bass, Acoustic Guitar) is a bassist, composer, singer and guitarist who performs and records in and out of New York City with a wide range of artists. Among them are Howard Fishman, Matthew Welch/Blarvuster, Hilary Hawke, Tamar Korn, The Lonesome Trio, Giancarlo Vulcano, and the Defibulators. As a composer, Ian has provided music for Adrian Muys’ films Iris and Hands of Harvest, as well as for Gabriella Barnstone’s dance/theatre piece The Dinner Party. In 2009 and 2010 he was accepted as an artist-in-residence at The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.

Rick Snell
Rick Snell

At certain performances, the role of Eben Levy will be played by Rick Snell.

Rick Snell (Playing the role of Eben at certain performances) has toured the US and Europe many times over with Only Son. This fall they are on the road with Regina Spektor and can be seen locally at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Other recent performances as a side-man include the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, The United Nations, and Avery Fisher Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center. In 2008 Rick founded Six Deadly Venoms, a highly-acclaimed bluegrass ensemble with whom he made the final round of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Competition and subsequently toured nationally for two years. He’s been active for a few years in various musical communities based in New York City, and can be seen on a nightly basis playing and singing everything from jazz and soul to country, anti-folk, and avant-garde. He has many credits as a studio musician, most recently recording the music for GEICO’s Olympics campaign. He is endorsed by THD amplification and lives in Brooklyn.

Leigh Silverman


Leigh Silverman (Director) Broadway: David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish; Lisa Kron’s Well. Recent world premieres: Chinglish (Goodman Theatre, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); No Place to Go (Public Theater); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); Close Up Space (MTC); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/37 Arts); Creature (New Georges/Page 73); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Well (The Public Theater, Huntington Theatre, and ACT); The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTW); Jump/Cut (Woolly Mammoth Theatre/Theater J and Women’s Project); also Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre); and many regional productions. West End: Wit. She is currently directing Golden Child at the Signature Theatre, is Artistic Associate at Two River Theater, and is on the Board of SDC.

Rachel Hauck

Scenic Design

Rachel Hauck (Scenic Designer) NY: Harper Regan and Bluebird (Atlantic); Slowgirl (LCT3), An Iliad (NYTW, McCarter, La Jolla, Berkeley Rep); Regrets (MTC); Go Back To Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons); This Wide Night (Naked Angels, Lortel nomination; Picked, A Boy and His Soul (Vineyard); Orange, Hat & Grace (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination); ETHEL’s TruckStop® (BAM Next Wave); Creature (Page 73/New Georges); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass, 37 Arts); Fever Chart, Poor Itch (Public Lab). Recent regional: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Guthrie); Phaedra Backwards (McCarter); Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, Henry IV, Music Man, Othello (OSF); Mother Courage (Berkeley Rep/La Jolla); Taper, Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep and others. Resident designer for the O’Neill Theater Conference since 2005.

Ben Stanton

Lighting Design

Ben Stanton (Lighting Designer) For Two River: Mary’s Wedding. Recent New York credits include An Enemy of the People and Seminar on Broadway; Regrets and The Whipping Man (Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination) at MTC; Angels in America at Signature; Assistance at Playwrights Horizons; CQ/CX at Atlantic Theater Company; No Place to Go at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater; and productions at MCC, NYTW, The Public and Roundabout, among others. Regional productions at ACT, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, The Goodman, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Bay Street Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Intiman, La Jolla, Long Wharf, McCarter, Paper Mill, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, South Coast Rep, Westport Country Playhouse and Williamstown. Mr. Stanton also designs lights for concerts and tours; his recent collaborations include Beirut, Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent.

Acme Sound Partners

Sound Design

Acme Sound Partners (Sound Design) Over 30 Broadway shows since 2000 including: Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination), Venus in Fur, Motherf**ker with a Hat, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Tony nomination), The Merchant of Venice, Lombardi, Fences (Tony nomination), The Addams Family, Ragtime, Hair (Tony nomination), In the Heights (Tony nomination), Title of Show, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line (2006), The Drowsy Chaperone, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Avenue Q, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and La Boheme. Acme is Tom Clark, Mark Menard and Sten Severson.

Laura Wilson

Production Stage Manager

Laura Wilson (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: A Free Man of Color; The People in the Picture. Off Broadway: A Family of Perhaps Three, The Really Big Once (Target Margin Theater). Regional theater: Guys and Dolls (Riverside Theatre); The Three Sisters, The Boys from Syracuse, and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours (CENTERSTAGE, Baltimore); Stick Fly, Lonesome Hollow, Neil LaBute’s Wrecks (Contemporary American Theater Festival); A Thousand Clowns, Period of Adjustment, Amadeus (Berkshire Theatre Festival); All in the Timing, Mac Wellman’s School for Devils (Hangar Theatre); Soul Doctor (Colony Theater).


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Video by Joe's Pub. Illustrations by artist Michael Arthur.



Paul interviews Ethan about NO PLACE TO GO


Song Selections from NO PLACE TO GO

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