Summer Time is always an exciting time in the New York theater scene. There are all kinds of fun shows which are only open for a short period of time over the summer in New York City so make sure to get out to see as many shows as possible. One of these shows is a new show that my friend Jake Lipman wrote and is staring in called “Up A River/Down the Aisle”.
Up A River/Down the Aisle will be playing at the Riant Theater Company’s 2009 Summer Strawberry one-act Festival on Sunday, August 16 at 5 p.m. Up A River/Down the Aisle will be playing at the Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10036). I was recently able to talk with Jake about this new show and it sounds like it’s shaping up to be an exciting theatrical event.
Up A River/Down the Aisle is a brand new one person show written and performed by Jake Lipman with help in development from Matt Hoverman; the show is directed by Brian W. Seibert.
Up A River/Down the Aisle is a semi-autobiographical piece about the tumultuous year in the life of a girl named Jake. Jake has just lost her mother three days after she turns 27 years old. From my discussions with the playwright and performer, Up A River/Down the Aisle sounds to be a very personal exploration of life after loss.
Jesse: Up A River/Down the Aisle starts out with your families trip to scatter your moms ashes in Ireland. Tell me about your mom.
Jake:”My mom was a real… American original. She painted our house bright purple. She wore flashy rhinestone earrings and most days, a men’s shirt and tie. She gave all of her kids fanciful names, but my name, Jake Allegra Lipman, was her piece de resistance.”
Jesse: Up A River/Down the Aisle sounds to be very scattered and reflective. Tell me about the inspiration for your play.
Jake: The piece is autobiographical and even some of the crazy-seeming things really did happen, pretty much as I play them. Everyone who’s seen the piece, who knew my mother, has said it’s a real tribute to her and that I walk the line between humor and disbelief/sadness well.
Jesse: That’s got to be real tough and healing at the same time. Is the process cathartic? Playing and replaying these memories that you’ve had?
Jake: “I’ve always had this Ralph Lauren fantasy about family gatherings…everyone dressed in cashmere, sailing my family’s boat on a perfect summer’s day… and in my mind, this trip to Ireland to scatter my mother’s ashes would be a somber version of this fantasy.”
There is plenty of Revelation, plenty of pathos, and plenty of family action going on in Up A River/Down the Aisle. If you would like to see this play performed at the Riant Theater Companies Strawberry One-act Festival in August, you should definitely get you tickets ahead of time. The Riant Theater Company’s Strawberry One-act Festival is a competition so this play is only guaranteed one showing. Go out on August 16 and show your support and help Jake and Up A River/Down the Aisle advance in the Strawberry One-act Festival and enjoy a great day of new theater!