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Broadway Theatre Studio’s THE IMBIBLE in FringeNYC Encore Series at Soho Playhouse, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3

The cast of Broadway Theatre Studio's THE IMBIBLE, L to R: Ruth Ellen Cheney, Nicole DiMattei, Anthony Caporale, and Ariel Estrada.

The cast of Broadway Theatre Studio’s THE IMBIBLE, L to R: Ruth Ellen Cheney, Nicole DiMattei, Anthony Caporale, and Ariel Estrada. Photo by Dixie Sheridan

You have four more chances to see the FringeNYC Production of The Imbible: A New Play with Drinks and Music, featuring Anthony Caporale, Ruth Ellen Cheney, Nicole DiMattei, and Ariel Estrada, during the Fringe Encore Series at the Soho Playhouse, The Huron Club, 15 Vandam St. (between Sixth Ave and Varick) in New York on Fridays, September 12, September 19, September 26 and October 3 at 9:30PM. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale (“Art of the Drink TV”) for a boozy romp through the history of alcohol in this new play with drinks and music. Cocktails and comedy combine for an utterly unique musical theatre experience.

Following in the footsteps of hit comedy-edutainment shows like “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl” and Colin Quinn’s “Long Story Short,” The Imbible sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history and across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters acapella group, featuring Ruth Ellen Cheney, Nicole DiMattei, and Ariel Estrada. Sit back and enjoy the music and drinks while Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, guides the audience through cocktail tastings, and – like any good bartender – keeps his guests laughing throughout the night! Combining Anthony’s encyclopedic knowledge of beverage history and decades of bartending experience with his legendary skills as a storyteller and entertainer, The Imbible treats audiences to a completely original and thoroughly enjoyable evening of theatre utterly unlike anything they’ve ever experienced!

21+ only. You must show proof of legal drinking age at the performance as cocktails will be served throughout.

The New York Times declares The Imbible is “the best Fringe deal!”

The Huffington Post proclaims The Imbible is “an absolute must-see!”

“Remarkably compelling!” raves Time Out New York! ★★★★ Critics’ Pick

“I have to stress just how much fun a show The Imbible is!” declaresNew York Theater Review. “For my money, Anthony Caporale is the true maven on the history and culture of alcohol!”

“The Imbible is a fantastic show!” says! Highly Recommended Show

“One of the most buzzed-about musical comedies at this year’s annual New York International Fringe Festival!” announces Wine Spectator!

“Caporale dazzles you with his wit!” proclaims Theatre Is Easy “The voices combine to form silk caressing your ears!”

“An intoxicating pleasure!” raves Nite Life Exchange “Caporale charms throughout!”

“Clever and insightful!” says “What more can one ask of any show?”

Front Row Center calls The Imbible “a warm, light and often charming concoction…well served!” ★★★★

New York Theater Now says Anthony Caporale is “a charming host: a little Alton Brown, a little Bill Nye,” and calls The Imbible “a brisk and entertaining piece that will provide you with plenty of bar trivia!”

Listen to the theater critics at Maxamoo discuss their evening at The Imbible, calling it “a really, really engaging, charming show” that goes into “gorgeous detail” about the story of cocktails, and makes you feel “like you’re in that moment – a part of history!”


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Broadway Theatre Studio, Producer
BTS was founded in 2009 as a development workshop and incubator for new American plays and musicals. We sponsor table readings of selected scripts using our Resident Company of actors, then work with the best pieces to produce staged readings. Outstanding works may be optioned and developed for a full production backed by our producers and creative team, both independently and in festivals throughout New York City. Our BTS Academy also offers classes and coaching sessions to help develop current and prospective members of our Resident Company.

Hundreds of actors have attended BTS workshops over the last five years, and we have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the best new writing talent in New York. Past projects have included renowned playwright Jack Feldstein’s new comedy The Ansonia, award-winning playwright/composer Zoe Sarnak’s original musical The Quad, and bestselling author Nicole DiMattei’s festival-pick On The Uptown 2 Express Train. Last season, BTS produced original works in both the Manhattan Repertory Theatre One-Act Play Competition and the Strawberry One-Act Festival, advancing to the finals in the latter while earning a Best Actress nomination along the way. BTS is thrilled to have two productions in the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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