Genre: Comedy, Drama

By Don Thompson, Directed by Pamela Butler 

A exiled Tibetan Lama becomes an uncomfortable house guest for a Yale economics professor, who, along with his cynical colleagues, do not quite know what to think of the often irreverent monk. As the Lama turns his attention to the economist, the professor confesses some painful truths regarding mis-understood ideas and unresolved relationships. En route the Lama takes us on a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey through what the tragedy of Tibet means in a modern context. With the turmoil in Tibet making recent headlines, Tibet Does Not Exist takes on special meaning.

 About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.

NICU’S SPOON: 2001 was our first season with our production of Displaced, a new play written by five women, based on stories, testimonies, songs and poetry of women and children refugees. This was submitted for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. In 2002 we presented a multi-racial To Kill a Mockingbird, hailed by Back Stage as “Nothing short of inspiring!” We completed our 2002 season with In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe, a story of a woman who is a ghostwriter for hate books. This piece was chosen as a Village Voice “Voice Choice” for 2002. We presented our first plays with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation that year. In 2003 we presented George Orwell’s 1984 and A Murder of Crows by OBIE Award w inner Mac Wellman, both pieces about individuality. We continued to include handicapped actors in both shows. In 2004 we presented SubUrbia by Eric Bogosian and were awarded th e 2004 OOBR award for best production. We were also a nominee for the Alliance of NY Arts Organizations’ Advancing Cultural Development Award. In 2005 we were profiled in United Stages’ “Seeing Stars” series and were Editors Choice in NYTheater.com for our production of The Swan, as well as profiled for our production Stumps, which introduced a new kind of performance for Deaf and hearing audiences, called “co-playing.” 2006 produced a hit: the US premiere of Skin Tight, named the High5 pick of the week, as well as Buried Child, which challenged the idea that a Deaf/mute actor could not speak on stage. We were also given the Thom Fluellen Award by the NYU Community Fund in 2006 for excellence in programming and delivery of services to the diverse New York community. Time Warner Corporation has recently joined us as a 2007 season sponsor under their Diverse Voices program. In 2008 we have been awarded the NYC/Mayors office Snapple award for the best people to work for in NYC, as well as taking our Spring show 'Elizabeth Rex' to an Off-Broadway Premiere, garnering two NY Innovative Theater Award nominations and a win for Outstanding Actress in a lead role.

Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.         Official Web Site: http://www.spoontheater.org

OOBR winner, NYITA Winner, Thom Fluellen Award Winner
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