Andrew Dawson


America is Hard to See- Life Jacket Theatre

Honored to be a part of the first, developmental reading of Life Jacket Theatre's new and challenging play AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE...

Based on verbatim interviews and archival research, this ground breaking play investigates the lives in and around Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders, buried deep in Florida's sugarcane fields.

This uncomfortable and disruptive play tells tough, thoughtful and real stories about darkness, uncertainty and the painful process of healing in small-town America. Seven actors embody over 50 roles including Miracle Village residents, law officials, clergy, and other figures on opposing sides of this controversial community.

For more information,

click here for Life Jacket's website


GOREY....Opening Night!

Great opening night and second performance. Full houses and wonderful and friendly audiences! Thanks to all my pals who came!

Now on to a successful little run!

Out front after opening night

Howard Johnson scene from GOREY: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
We had a few Doubtful Guests awaiting us in the dressing room!

GOREY- April 29 through May 22, 2016

I'm so pleased to announce that I will be appear in the world premiere production of GOREY: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey, this May. You may remember that I did the developmental workshop of this play last year. So excited to have a chance at doing a full run of the entire play. More details to follow!

April 30-May 22
A new play investigating the published works and secret life of one of the most eccentric and creative artists of the 20th century.

The Inn at Lake Devine opens!

Wonderful opening last night after a few previews...come see us if you get the chance!


play 'Karl Berry,' a sweet husband and father who loves to forage for mushrooms.

It's a great coming-of-age comedy that touches on more meaningful themes about families, faith, and falling in love. We have 15 more shows, and I would love it if you came to see it!

THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE, adapted by Jake Lipman, based on the novel by Elinor Lipman

Oct. 7-24, 2015 @ 7:30 pm (no shows Mondays, matinee Sunday Oct. 18 @ 2:30 pm)

Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th floor

Tickets: $18 @

and 212-868-4444

The Inn at Lake Devine- First Read Through

Off and running with the production of "The Inn at Lake Devine."

Tongue in Cheek's world premiere of the play with music, based on the novel by Elinor Lipman, features 15 actors, directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman and assisted by Molly Ballerstein.  Philip Rothman is the music director and sound designer, Lisa Renee Jordan is the costume designer, Tyler M. Perry is the scenic designer, and Richard T. Chamblin III will light the show.

Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, October 7-24, 2015.  Tickets are $18 at

 and at 212-868-4444.

The Inn at Lake Devine- October 7th through 24th

Pleased to have just been cast as Karl Berry in the stage adaptation of THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE. More information below...

October 7-24, 2015



NEW YORK CITY – Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions (Jake Lipman, producing artistic director) will premiere its adaptation of the popular novel, 

The Inn at Lake Devine


Elinor Lipman

 (Vintage Contemporaries) in October 2015. The new play with music will run for 16 performances, October 7-24, 2015, in midtown NYC with Kimberly Faith Hickman directing.

The New York Times


, “in her delightful novel, 

The Inn at Lake Devine,

 Elinor Lipman waltzes fearlessly though a minefield of identity politics. Anti-Semitism, intermarriage, ethnic cuisine and Anne Frank are some of the unlikely, loaded subjects of this witty romantic comedy.”

The Inn at Lake Devine

 begins in 1964. When Natalie Marx’s mother inquires about summer accommodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: “The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned resort, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles.” For twelve-year-old Natalie, who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but an infuriating, irresistible challenge, setting in motion events that will change her life.


Kimberly Faith Hickman

 assistant directed on Broadway with Bruce Norris on 

Clybourne Park,

 Lynne Meadow on 

The Assembled Parties,

 and Susan Stroman on 

The Scottsboro Boys.

 Off-Broadway, Hickman has directed on Theater Row 

(The Other Man, Tummy Bubbles, Derivatives)

 and terraNOVA Collective; regionally for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Omaha Playhouse 

(Enron, Jesus Christ Superstar),

 among others.

Elinor Lipman’s books include 

Then She Found Me

 (adapted and directed by Helen Hunt into the film by the same name), 

Isabel’s Bed

The Way Men Act

The Family Man

The View from Penthouse B


The Ladies’ Man


among others. She has been compared to Jane Austen for her cheeky view of romantic relations and smart female leads.

Founded in 2006 by Jake Lipman, Tongue in Cheek Theater’s mission is to produce thought-provoking comedic works. In May 2014, TIC’s company-created comedy 

Buffalo Heights

 by Adam Harrell was the recipient of a 2014 

Puffin Foundation

 grant. In 2013, The Huffington Post recognized the company’s tenure, saying, “Tongue in Cheek is an Off-Off-Broadway company celebrating its eighth season, a major achievement in and of itself.”

The Inn at Lake Devine 

has been developed over the first half of 2015 for Tongue in Cheek Theater’s 31st production and 10th anniversary season. Producing artistic director 

Jake Lipman

 explains, “Although Elinor Lipman and I are not related, I feel a true kinship with her work, and the humor and heart throughout 

The Inn at Lake Devine 

fits perfectly with TIC’s mission.”


Elinor Lipman

 shares, “I've always hoped that one of my books could be adapted for the stage, but whom to trust? I found that answer from the first conversation I had with Jake Lipman. Yes, I said; yes! For me, this theater and this book are a match made in adaptation heaven. I'm excited to see my characters—especially these, who are very dear to me—brought to life.”

The play 

The Inn at Lake Devine

 will run October 7-24, 2015 at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54 Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY. 

Tickets are now on sale


"Gorey" rehearsals begin tomorrow...

Life Jacket Theatre Company is offering a work-in-progress showing of its latest production, GOREY. This production provides a rare, haunting glimpse inside the hidden life of one of the most original, creative, and enigmatic artists and authors of the 20th century. Combining found text, stunning stagecraft, and inventive storytelling, this production explores Gorey’s dark imagination, his personal demons, and the heartbreaking loneliness of creative genius.
Featuring Andrew Dawson*, Dylan Riley-MacArthur, and Mark Woodard*. Writer/Director: Travis Russ. Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Jeannine Frumess*.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

(c) 2018 Andrew Dawson