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tick, tick...BOOM!

By Jonathan Larson
Produced in collaboration with Forager Theatre Company

Oct 18 - Oct 29, 2023

An endearing musical of hopes and dreams

Experience the birth of a Broadway sensation with tick, tick...BOOM! Set in 1990, this immersive, exhilarating production is the autobiographical story of Jonathan Larson, the genius behind Rent. With a dynamic three-person cast, live band, and powerful pop/rock songs, this youthful and endearing celebration of the human spirit will have you wishing Johnny a happy 30th birthday!

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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, October 18 at 7 pm and Thursday, October 19 at 7 pm | Preview Performances - Talkback after the show

  • Friday, October 20 at 7 pm | Opening Night - Party after the show

  • Friday, October 27 at 7 pm | Affinity Night, Meet the Artists - Talkback after the show

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Seating for tick, tick...BOOM! is in the round. At each performance, there are six "immersive" seats available - front row seating on plush couches or loveseats that will let you be in the heart of the action. Performers will act, sing, and dance around you and you'll be able to wish Johnny "happy birthday" up close!

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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!


Jennie Hughes

Jennie Hughes (Director) (she/her) is an NYC based director, choreographer, educator and co-founder of Forager Theatre Company alongside Iris Rodrigo and Alex Parrish. She prioritizes work that is women led and tells stories that are often overlooked in commercial theatre. Her most recent credits include: Tick, Tick...BOOM! With Forager Theatre Company at the New Ohio, Ladies' Lady (World Premier) at the Vino Theatre, Judy Moody and Stink (director/choreographer) at ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. @jenniemarie7

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Alex Parrish (Jonathan, Music Director) is a “promising young composer” who has worked in NYC for more than a decade, lives in a scrappy apartment, and recently turned 30… so he has no similarity to his character of Jonathan whatsoever. As an actor, he has performed at Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, Theatre Row, The New Ohio, Town Hall, Pipe Dream Theatre, The Tank, Impulse Theatre, Theatre 2020, Valley Shakespeare Festival, and 54 Below. He is currently a music supervisor for Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Azamara, and MSC cruise lines, and has taught music in more than 40 NYC public schools. His original scores have premiered at Prospect Theatre Company, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alvin Ailey Theater, FEAST Performance Series, The Skeleton Rep, and Theater Wit, as well as in films and multimedia spectaculars. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch (BFA in Drama, Lee Strasberg Institute) and the BMI Workshop; member of Actors Equity and The Dramatist’s Guild; and co-founder of Forager Theatre Company with Jennie and Iris. He is thrilled to bring Forager’s inventive production to The Kitchen! And he dedicates this performance to his grandfather Patrick, a NY artist himself who died during the AIDS epidemic. Persevere, always.

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Iris Rodrigo (Susan) (she/her) is a Hispanic actress, singer and producer, originally from Spain. She performed professionally in major venues with Music Global & Focus in Barcelona, before moving to the US. As an actress, favorite credits include Dorothy Ann (Frizzled: A Magic School Bus Musical Parody), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Ilse (Spring Awakening), Chris (Carrie), and Hannah (Coming Out). With a degree in Business Administration, she is now a founding member of Forager Theatre Company and produces musicals, plays, and new work in NYC, including Tick, tick...BOOM!, Spring Awakening, Neglect, and the upcoming The Musical Multiverse series. @iris.rodrigo222

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William Bailey (Michael) is thrilled to hitting the stage again with this production of Tick Tick BOOM! National tour: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Madison Square Garden). Off Broadway: Hair (Roundabout Theater), Francois and The Rebels (The Public Theater). TV/film credits: Shade: Queens of NYC, “Wig” (HBO), Nickelodeon commercial (choreographer and dancer), “Dragged,” Party of one (Afro Daisiac), Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Cabarets: Jackie’s Back: The Musical, Lady Gay: All of Me, The Function with Jaime Cepero (All at 54 Below). Other credits Include playing trans drag queen character Franceska in a new Whaacking, Disco Musical “Paradise Ballroom” which has premiered at Lincoln Center and New York Stage And Film. As a choreographer, he has choreographed for multiple recording artist and has also choreographed shows such as Pippin, CATS, Chicago, and a new work called Sirens Den: a Rock Musical. Dance captain credits include: Fame, Once on this Island, and the world premiere of a new musical called Rock ‘n’ roll Man (starring AlanCampbell and George Wendt) in which he served as dance captain as we as playing the young crooner Frankie Lymon. You can currently catch William doing the Broadway drag revue “Curtains Up!”  as his drag persona Jada Valenciaga on Tuesdays at The Manhattan Monster Bar 9-11PM! IG: @jadavalenciaga (He/She/They)


Forager Theatre Company (Original Production, Collaborator) is a non-profit collective that builds dynamic, joyful, and holistic theatrical experiences from the objects, spaces, viewpoints, contributions, and people it can gather from any and everywhere. This organic ground-up approach enables artists from any walk of life to develop novel works or reinvigorate old ones with boldness and imagination. And since the pieces are foraged from their immediate community and experiences, the whole is infused with modern-day values and lived-in authenticity. Forager believes an audience’s connection to a work is deepest when its creator is bringing a pure dream to fruition, and the company strives to see that ambition through, from germination to bloom. For more information, visit or follow on Instagram @foragertheatrecompany. 

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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. 

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Tyler M. Perry (Co-Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer) (he/him) is an award-winning designer for theatre, television, and live events. At Kitchen Theatre Company he has designed over 30 main stage productions. Favorites include Bright Half Life, Throw Pitchfork, Peter and the Starcatcher, I and You, The House, and Opus. He has designed regionally at theatres including Florida Repertory Theatre, Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Northern Stage, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. For television, his work has been seen on BravoTV, Peacock, ABC, NBC Sports, Fox Sports 1, and many other networks. Tyler is the Assistant Lighting Designer for 2017 Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, and national tours of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. Tyler is the Technical Theater Director at Riverdale Country School. BFA: Ithaca College, MFA: University of Idaho.

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Tina Mamkegh (Co-Scenic Designer) Bio coming soon


Thank you to our generous show sponsors!

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Read the press release and newsletter, listen to Producing Artistic Director Rachel Lampert's radio interview with Greg Bostwick on WVBR, and watch the show promo video below.

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