Signature's Season Opener, No Place to Go, Begins August 30 | Playbill

Regional News Signature's Season Opener, No Place to Go, Begins August 30

Matthew Gardiner directs the production at the Arlington, Virginia, venue.

No Place to Go, the 2022-23 season opener at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, begins performances August 30 in the ARK Theatre.

Written by Ethan Lipton with music composed by Lipton, Eben Levy, Ian M. Riggs, and Vito Dieterle, No Place to Go is directed by Signature Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner.

Bobby Smith (Signature’s She Loves Me) stars with Tom Lagana (Signature’s Chess) as Jonah/guitar, Riggs (Mean Girls) as Duke/bass and guitar, and Grant Langford (Signature’s Ain’t Misbehavin’) as Sal/saxophone. Riggs is also the production’s music director and arranger.

In No Place to Go, a dedicated corporate “information refiner” has learned that his company is moving to a remote location. Backed by a jazz band, this permanent part-timer must decide whether to uproot his family’s life or embark on an unknown venture.

“Signature is excited to open our season with No Place to Go, an irreverent and moving musical about a man faced with losing his job after 10 years of corporate loyalty,” said Artistic Director Gardiner in an earlier statement. “This show is for anyone who has been unable to fall asleep at night worried that the bottom is going to fall out of the safe cocoon they’ve built. Alongside witty and impassioned songs, our central character narrates the events that led to his unemployment. Hilarious and heartfelt, Ethan Lipton has crafted a show that resonates powerfully today.”

"Ten years after my bandmates and I premiered No Place to Go at The Public Theater, I’m thrilled that Signature is producing the show with DC-area performers (including our bassist Ian M. Riggs),” added writer and composer Lipton. “This show tells the story of someone who is struggling to adapt to a changing world. It’s about the dignity of work and the cultural cost of treating people as if they’re disposable. It’s also a musical that puts music and off-kilter comedy at its center, and I couldn’t be more excited to see Bobby, Matthew, and company give it new life at Signature Theatre."

The production also has scenic design by Paige Hathaway, costume design by Frederick P. Deeben, lighting design by Max Doolittle, sound design by Matt Rowe, and casting by Jorge Acevedo. Joey Blakely is the production stage manager, Erica Feidelseit is the production assistant, and Chris Royal is the copyist.

Performances continue through October 16. Tickets are available at

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