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Scheiss Book

Written and performed by
Liba Vaynberg

Nov 8 - Nov 19, 2023

An irreverent, comedic tour de force

Paper airplanes. The Soviet Union. Sex education. Problematic uses of the word “classy.” Chocolate. Juliet. Harry Potter. Doctors. Scheiss Book is an award-winning one-woman quest explained by very long German words you have never heard of that perfectly describe feelings you have had forever. Prepare to laugh out loud as this extraordinary actor/comedienne delivers an irreverent and hilarious search for meaning. It’s a salacious bonbon that will leave you entertained and enlightened.

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Please note that masks are optional in all public spaces at Kitchen Theatre Company. We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask to please do so.


This show is recommended for ages 14+. The production runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Our standing show-related extras:

  • Wednesday, November 8 at 7 pm and Thursday, November 9 at 7 pm | Preview Performances - Talkback after the show

  • Friday, November 10 at 7 pm | Opening Night - Party after the show

  • Friday, November 17 at 7 pm | Meet the Artists - Talkback after the show

  • Saturday, November 18 at 7 pm | Affinity Night

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Important conversations happen in the Kitchen. To deepen those important conversations, we host "Kitchen Table Talks" before or after some performances throughout the season. These talks are a dialogue between you - our audiences - and community leaders, subject experts, originating artists, or others. We hope you'll join us for these extra events!


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Liba Vaynberg (Playwright, Actor) Described by the New York Times as "wonderfully real and raw," Liba Vaynberg is the daughter of Ukrainian and Azeri Jews. She studied Molecular Biology at Yale before receiving her MFA at Columbia. Plays include The Matriarchs (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Civilians R&D, Princess Grace Finalist, Theater J Abramson Finalist, Blue Ink Award finalist, and Premiere Stages Semi-Finalist), The Gett (Rattlestick, Princess Grace Semi-Finalist, Colorado New Play Festival, Theater Ariel Salon Series), Round Table (59E59, Fault Line, Tierra Del Sol, Times Square Chronicles’ 10 Best Plays of 2019), Scheiss Book (International United Solo Festival, Wild Project, Dixon Place, Winner: Best One-Woman Show & Winner: Backstage Magazine Audience Choice Award), The Blue Parts with Dina Vovsi (Working Theater, NYSCA), The Russian & The Jew (The Tank). She was a Walter E. Dakin Playwriting Fellow at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, LABA “Humor” Fellow and writes for Lilith Magazine as a personal essayist and arts correspondent. Performance highlights include 4 seasons of New Amsterdam on NBC, starring as Annie Blumberg in The Soap Myth (PBS) opposite Ed Asner, Bekah Brunstetter’s The Oregon Trail at the Women's Project, Lost In Yonkers at Hartford Stage opposite Marsha Mason for which she received a CT Critics' Circle nomination, The Golem of Havana at La Mama, and originating new roles at Yale, the Huntington, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Williamstown, La Jolla Playhouse and Penguin Rep. 

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Karl Gregory (Director) is beyond thrilled to make his directorial debut at KTC.  What makes it even better is being able to share the multi-talented Liba Vaynberg with our audiences here.  NYC Theater:  From White Plains (Fault Line Theatre, GLAAD Media Award), FROGS (Fault Line Theatre), BecauseHeCan (Personal Space Theatrics), The Servant of Two Masters (PS122).  Regional Theater:  Ever So Humble, The 39 Steps (Hangar Theatre), Testosterone, The Wetsuitman (Cherry Arts), The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep). Karl has been seen in over 50 productions with Kitchen Theatre Company, favorite shows include: Every Brilliant Thing, Buyer & Cellar, Peter and the Starcatcher (SALT Award), Gutenberg! The Musical!, Fully Committed (SALT Award), SantaLand Diaries, Swimming In The Shallows, A Perfect Ganesh, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Servant of Two Masters. TV: ALPHA HOUSE, NIGHTCAP. He recently wrapped a feature film in Provincetown titled “Best Place” directed by Marco Calvani. BFA- Syracuse University, MFA- Brown/Trinity Rep. Karl splits his time between Ithaca and Provincetown with his husband, Andrew.    

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Jen Schilansky (Production Stage Manager) has been the resident stage manager for the Kitchen Theatre for over 55 main stage productions. KTC favorites include: The Royale, Ironbound, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mountaintop, Paloma, The Whipping Man, Darian Dauchan's Death Boogie and Brian Dykstra Selling Out. Based in Groton, NY Jen spends most of her time working in Ithaca, NY and spending time with her young daughter, Maya. Previous work includes PSM for Seussical at SUNY Cortland, Jazz Nutcracker SUNY Binghamton, PSM for The Cherry Arts and their English World Premieres Heading into Night, A Day, Hotel Good Luck, The Fan, and Felt Sad, Posted a Frog. She has also served as the Production Stage Manager for the Hangar Theatre’s Pride and Prejudice, Dégagé, and A Doll’s House Part 2. Prior to moving to Ithaca, she spent five years as the resident stage manager for Stageworks Theater in Hudson, as well as Stage Managing for Half Moon Theater in Poughkeepsie and Bard College. Jen has been an Equity member since 2007 and is a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport PA. 


Thank you to our generous show sponsors!

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