Ethan Lipton also writes plays

Ethan Lipton’s plays have been read, developed and produced in theaters from Los Angeles to New York to Berne, Austria.  He has received grants from the NEA, NYSCA and NYFA, won an Obie Award and a Drama-Logue Award, been a Kesselring Prize nominee, an O’Neill finalist and a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group.  Ethan has received commissions from True Love, Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons and is the 2012-13 Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright.


More about Ethan’s plays:

No Place to Go is a play/song cycle about the demise of an American workplace.

Performed by Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra (Eben Levy, Ian Riggs and Vito Dieterle), with music by the band, NO PLACE TO GO was commissioned by Joe’s Pub and produced by the Public Theater in a production directed by Leigh Silverman in March 2012.  The show won an Obie Award and was called “one of the galvanizing theater moments of 2012” by the NY Times, and later played four weeks at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ , where it earned a spot on the Star-Ledger’s Best of Theater and Opera list for 2012. The band has also performed one-offs of the show in Virginia, Vermont, Los Angeles, Connecticut and at the ATP music fest in Camber Sands, UK, and will continue to tour it through 2014.


Luther is a tragic comedy in which abandoned veterans of war are adopted in the fashion that we now adopt abandoned animals.

LUTHER was a NY Times Critics Pick and a TimeOut NY “Five-Star” production when it premiered at HERE Center for the Arts in June 2012, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll as part of the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival. First developed in the Public Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group , in 2013 the play will be produced by Steep Theatre in Chicago and Apollinaire Theater near Boston, and published in THEATER magazine form Duke University Press.


Red-Handed Otter is a melancholy comedy about security guards whose lives are changed by the death of a cat.

RED-HANDED OTTER was mounted by the Playwright’s Realm at the Cherry Lane Theater in fall 2012.  Directed by Mike Donohue, RHO earned Four Stars in TimeOut NY and was named one of the Best Plays of 2012 by the NY Post.


The Barber + the Farmer  (a play for computer) is a comic noir about a couple ensnared by the mortgage crisis.

THE BARBER AND THE FARMER has been performed by a MacBook Pro laptop at 3LD Art & Technology Center, and by the laptop and illustrator Michael Arthur at Motherlodge in Louisville, the U of Texas and Dixon Place in NYC.


Goodbye April, Hello May is a dystopic comedy set 100 years from today in an NYC where developers build hotels on Ellis Island, middle age is 78 and people subsist on hummus and bottled water.

GOODBYE APRIL, HELLO MAY premiered at HERE in NYC, directed by Patrick McNulty.


100 Aspects of the Moon is a sad comedy inspired by the work of 19th-century woodblock-printmaker Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. The play explores the place where East and West meet over deep-seated resentment and lousy communication.

100 ASPECTS premiered at the Ohio Theatre in NYC as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks, directed by Emma Griffin.


Meat is an extra-dark comedy based on the true story of a pair of dogs who broke into a Florida zoo and wiped out its gazelle population.

MEAT has been produced in LA by Buffalo Nights (Steve Chabon dir), NYC by Crackerjack Prod (Ken Schmoll dir), Edinburgh by Upstart (Tom Mansfield dir) and Berne, Austria (David Hefti dir).


Hope on the Range is a philosophical comedy about a man who lives in his car, his unlikely friendship with an Argentine rabbi and birdcrap.

HOPE ON THE RANGE premiered at the Complex in LA, produced by Buffalo Nights (Brian Kite dir).


For script inquiries or a full theater bio contact:

Olivier Sultan
Creative Artists Agency
162 5th Ave, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010