REAL TALK / KIP TALK (World Premiere)

75 minutes / English, Italian & French / Suitable for 12 years and up

REAL TALK / KIP TALK is a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston, media mogul, internet sensation, and citizen of the world. Since Kippy’s weblog took flight in 2008, Kippy’s larger-than-life persona and cottage industry empire has grown to encompass Kippy Winston Media, a boutique PR firm servicing all things theatrical; The Radish, a semi-autumnal gossip rag; Just Ask Kippy, a brief yet potent advice column; and an active social media presence. Formatted like a talk show but with room for debate, REAL TALK / KIP TALK blurs the lines between art and life and challenges participants of all stripes and creeds to engage in real talk about our starry performance landscape.

Special guest include musicians Bandits on the Run, graphologist Ruth Brayer, WP Theatre’s Lisa McNulty and arts giornalisti Deeksha Gaur (Show Score), Helen Shaw (Time Out New York), Diep Tran (American Theatre magazine), and Elisabeth Vincentelli (NY Times).

Kippy Winston’s web log began in 2008, but her peripatetic life started long, long ago. A citizen of the world, Kippy is not only a tastemaker, but also a mover and shaker and an ardent supporter of the performing arts, or quite simply “the field.” Linguist and lover of culture, Kippy’s musings on art, life, and la cultura take on unique forms all their own. She is an Andy Rooney of the PoMo age, a Gadfly of the Gilded era, a Muckraker with the Mostess. Journalism meets hedonism in Winston’s word play(s). [wink!] “Hey world. Here I am. Kippy Winston and loving life.”

“She’s this generation’s answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird and immensely likable.” – Time Out NY

Kippy’s work has been seen / experienced at PRELUDE 2013 ad 2014 with her gossip rag The Radish.

An additional performance will be held on April 8 in the Underground Theater. These performances were preceded by a December 2016 performance.


Director:  Nic Adams

Artistic Directors on Divans Dunking Donuts
Executive Producer: Eliza Bent
Camera: Eva von Schweinitz
Video Design: David Pym
Production Design: Christopher Bowser

Diep Tran is currently the associate editor of American Theatre magazine. She has a monthly column with the magazine focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also the founder and producer of American Theatre’s biweekly Offscript podcast. In 2015, Diep led the creation and launch of She is also a freelance journalist, whose writing has appeared in the New York TimesPlaybill, Time Out New YorkTDF StagesBackstageand Salon, among other publications. In 2015, she was a critic fellow at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Deeksha Gaur is Co-Founder and VP, Research and Services at, an internet startup that helps audiences discover and enjoy live theater. She comes to the startup world from the not-for-profit theater, where she held senior marketing and PR positions at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Two River Theater Company, and Long Wharf Theatre. She is a recipient of a TCG New Generation Future Leaders grant and The Foundry Theatre’s Producer’s Chair award. Producing highlights include new plays in New York and the Edinburgh Fringe. She has an MA in history from Cambridge University and an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama.

Helen Shaw has written about theater and performance for Time Out New York since 2005. She has also written for The New York Sun, Performing Arts Journal, The Village Voice, Playbill, The Guardian, American Theater, and TheatreForum—where she is also Contributing Editor. She twice curated the avant-garde Prelude festival, has twice been an Obie judge, and she also teaches at NYU.

Bandits on the Run is a Brooklyn-based criminal trio, notorious for stealing hearts and serenading strangers. They first gained infamy conducting musical sticks-ups in the subways of New York City with their three part-harmony and nostalgic sensibilities. At the center of this dangerous crime ring are Roy Dodger, guitar & vocals (a.k.a. Adrian Enscoe); Bonanza Jellyfish, cello & vocals (a.k.a. Sydney Shepherd); and “Clarissa”, percussion, xylophone & vocals (a.k.a. Regina Strayhorn).

Ruth Brayer’s practice covers a wide spectrum, from solving forgery problems to court testimony to speaking about behavioral profiling and Emotional Intelligence. Ruth is a court qualified expert witness specializing in handwriting identification. Her company Brayer Handwriting International has provided services for major law firms, New York City agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Ruth is a certified graphologist a professional speaker, and has been featured on MSNBC News, ABC, CBS, Fox 5, CNN, and NBC, among others. She has addressed IBM, AT&T, XEROX and numerous other organizations.