NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 20, 2018--Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the fall slate of productions at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible’s creative home for live performances in New York. The slate includes comedy, drama, music, and more and features dynamic writing and performances from Patti Smith, Aasif Mandvi and Isaac Gomez, as well as Chisa Hutchinson, whose work was commissioned through Audible’s $5 million emerging playwrights fund. All of these performances will be recorded as Audible Original productions, available to millions of listeners across the globe and for the next 48 hours, tickets to the productions starring Patti Smith and Aasif Mandvi will be available exclusively to Audible members at www.audible.com/minettalane, with access beginning for the general public on August 22 nd.

All produced by Audible, the fall slate at the Minetta Lane Theatre includes:

Patti Smith: Words and Music at The Minetta Lane, featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and National Book Award-winning singer-songwriter Patti Smith performing original spoken-word stories from her life, interwoven with the music of her beloved catalog played by Smith, her son and daughter - Jackson and Jesse Paris Smith - and Tony Shanahan, running from September 22 nd -24 th. Obie Award-winning actor, writer, and former correspondent for The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi’s Sakina’s Restaurant, an inspiring, funny, and heartwarming one-man show that centers on an Indian immigrant who comes to New York to work at a restaurant and live the American dream, beginning previews on October 5th, and running through November 4 th, with opening night set for October 15 th. Newark resident and emerging playwright Chisa Hutchinson’s Proof of Love, the inaugural production from Audible’s emerging playwright program, with casting news, full creative team information, and exact dates to come. The late 2018 world-premiere of this Audible-commissioned production is a contemporary, probing, and endearing play, full of heart and humor. The New York premiere of playwright Isaac Gomez’s the way she spoke, an honest and thought-provoking one-woman play that demonstrates the power of speaking truth, even as it considers the implications of doing so, running in early 2019, with casting, full creative team information, and exact dates to come.

Award-winning Audible performances of captivating stage productions starring Billy Crudup, Judith Light, John Lithgow, Carey Mulligan, and others are available for preorder and download at www.audible.com/theater.

“I’m thrilled to be reviving my solo show ‘Sakina’s Restaurant’ in collaboration with the amazing team at Audible,” said Mandvi. “Despite twenty years having passed since I first performed it at the American Place Theatre, the themes I was grappling with then, those of an immigrant family, struggling with the joys, heartbreaks and sacrifice of what it means to leave one’s home and create a new American life, seem as relevant today as they ever did.”

“Announcing Aasif, Chisa, Isaac, and the legendary Patti as the next artists to collaborate with us at the Minetta Lane Theatre has been a long time in the making, and we could not be more excited to welcome audiences back this fall with these artists,” said Audible Theater Artistic Producer  Kate Navin. “Audible is seeking to transform the theater experience and usher in a new era for audio drama. After last season’s audiences embraced the award-winning  Harry Clarke  and  Girls & Boys, we can’t wait to continue supporting the creation of compelling works in an even wider spectrum of comedy, drama, music, and more, with both emerging and established creators and bring these shows to Greenwich Village and to millions of people as outstanding listening experiences on Audible.”

Additional events at the Minetta Lane Theatre will be announced in the coming months and Audible will also be announcing live performances in other cities in the near future. Information about previous and future live programming produced by Audible is available here.

Audible is thrilled to bring the first commission from our $5M emerging playwright fund to life at the Minetta Lane Theatre with Chisa Hutchinson’s Proof of Love. Additional information about the first class of commissioned playwrights is available here.

With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including the audio performances of the fall slate of live productions at the Minetta Lane Theatre, free.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 425,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

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