written by Byron Lane
starring Tom Lenk
EDINBURGH ✅ LONDON ✅ NEW YORK ✅ SAN FRANCISCO ✅ LOS ANGELES ✅
PRAISE FOR TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST
★★★★★ "Gripping, visceral and hysterical... this is the queer Mary Poppins that LGBTQ people deserve. A modern masterpiece." -Gay Times
★★★★★ "Clear why it has become such a cult hit. Hilarious, unforgettable performance by Tom Lenk. Quirky comedy tour de force that keeps the audience in fits of laughter." -British Theatre
★★★★★ "A gem of a show, downright hysterical, must be seen." -Three Weeks Edinburgh
★★★★★ "So refreshing when something actually lives up to the hype surrounding it." -TheUpComing
★★★★★ "With not a dull moment in sight, this is NOT one to miss." -QueerGuru
★★★★ "Resplendent with movie star magic... its not hard to understand why this show has become a cult hit in the US." -The Guardian
★★★★ "More than just a witty title." Broadway Baby
★★★★ "Hysterical... Brilliant tour de force." -Broadway World
★★★★ "A dark, riotous romp." -Arthurs Seat
"Fabulously funny. Tom Lenk as Tilda is pure genius." -Graham Norton
"One of the most astonishing feats of live creation I've ever seen." -Joss Whedon
"Hilarious, clever, uplifting Highly recommend." -Joseph Gordon-Levitt
"The story of an unlikely friendship that's more uplifting than Tilda's quiff." -TimeOut London
"Mad comedy genius." -Michael Urie
"Funniest thing in ages." Jason Biggs
"Fame and Celebrity is brilliantly explored." -Broadway World New York
"Delightful, hilarious, and moving!" -Angela Kinsey
"Hysterical played to perfection by Tom Lenk." -Broadway World LA
"Run to the theatre." -Edge Media Network
"Hysterically and surprisingly cathartic." - FrontMezzJunkies.com
"Hilarious... unforgettable, delightful experience." -StageBuddy.com
"Damn funny... drunk on laughter... masterful at comedy." -LavenderAfterDark
"Tilda de force... hysterically absurd... grinning ear to ear." -BoyCulture.com
“Clear why it has become such a cult hit… Hilarious, unforgettable performance by Tom Lenk… Quirky comedy tour de force that keeps the audience in fits of laughter.”
“A dark, riotous romp—full to the brim with industry references and topped off with a star who could rival the great Ms. Swinton herself.”
“Wonderful... unique Fringe show that has the audience in fits of laughter throughout.”
-Broadway World Scotland
“More than just a witty title.”
"A 'Tilda' de force... hysterically absurd... grinning ear to ear."
Hysterically and surprisingly cathartic."
"Hilarious... unforgettable, delightful experience."
"Damn funny... drunk on laughter... masterful at comedy."
"Ridiculously fun... Tom Lenk is perfection."
“A gem of a show that’s downright hysterical, this must be seen to be believed.”
-Three Weeks Edinburgh
“Catch mad comedy genius Tom Lenk as Tilda Swinton in TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST - Byron Lane's wild weird and wondrous play directed by master Tom DeTrinis.”
-Michael Urie (UGLY BETTY)
“Funniest thing I've seen in ages. Get tix. Trust.”
-Jason Biggs (AMERICAN PIE)
“Hilarious... Tom Lenk is flat out amazing! The whole cast is fantastic! Written by the brilliant Byron Lane... check out this delightful, hilarious, and moving play. I laughed so hard I cried and made the ugly face.”
-Angela Kinsey (THE OFFICE)
"Byron Lane's meditation on the artifice and projection of fame and celebrity is brilliantly explored through the prism of Tom Lenk's exquisitely crafted performance in Tilda Swinton ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST"
-Broadway World, Audrey Moyce
“Hysterical… Byron Lane has written a brilliant tour de force played to perfection by Tom Lenk.”
-Broadway World, Gil Kaan
“Skilled comedians… flawless aplomb.”
“Lenk is fabulous as Tilda.”
“The title alone gives you a sense of the delicious ridiculousness of Byron Lane's new play… bolstered by a landmark performance by Joss Whedon favorite Tom Lenk… run to the theatre.”
-Edge Media Network
Mark Jude Sullivan, Byron Lane, Tom Lenk, Jayne Entwistle in TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST.
Photo by Tristram Kenton
With sold-out and critically acclaimed runs in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, London and Edinburgh Fringe, TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST is a must-see cult comedy.
TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST stars Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Instagram sensation Tom Lenk as iconic actress Tilda Swinton, a modern day Mary Poppins who finds a depressed gay man on Craigslist and insists on dissecting his life as part of a character study for her next big movie role.
Written by Byron Lane (Last Will & Testicle). Directed by Tom DeTrinis (Bright Colors and Bold patterns). Starring: Tom Lenk (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Rock of Ages on Broadway), Byron Lane (Last Will & Testicle), Jayne Entwistle (Feud: Bette and Joan), Mark Jude Sullivan (Pan Am).
TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST was originally directed by Tom DeTrinis and presented at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 2017 produced by Jay Marcus, Nathan Frizzell, Tom Lenk, and Tom DeTrinis.
TOM LENK's (Producer/"TILDA") Film & TV credits include HBO's "Room 104," "American Housewife," "Transparent,” "Fresh Off The Boat," “Good Girls Revolt,” “I Like You Just The Way I am," “Episodes,” “Witches of East End,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “House M.D.,” “Psych,” "Angel," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Transformers," "Date Movie," "Much Ado About Nothing" & his dorkumentary "Nerdgasm" available on Amazon! On stage Tom starred in the one man play, "Buyer and Cellar" at Pittsburgh Public Theater and Hartford Theaterworks, and in both the Broadway and original Los Angeles casts of Rock of Ages. Now regarded a FASHUN ICON, Tom's "Lenk Lewk For Less" photos and videos have gone viral with 100's of millions of views and 1/2 a million followers on Instagram (@tommylenk).
BYRON LANE (Playwright/”WALT”) is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. His debut novel is called A STAR IS BORED, hailed by The New York Times as "wildly funny," about an uptight celebrity assistant struggling to manage his eccentric movie star boss, inspired in part by Lane’s time as assistant to beloved actress Carrie Fisher. Lane is a two-time regional Emmy Award winner from his time as a television news journalist. He also wrote the acclaimed play TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST, the award winning web series LAST WILL & TESTICLE, and the feature film HERPES BOY starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. He lives in Palm Springs with his husband, bestselling author Steven Rowley.
JAYNE ENTWISTLE ("JANET") is an award-winning audiobook narrator and avid improviser. Entwistle created Big City Improv, which entertained Bay Area audiences for the better part of ten years! She has swanned across screens both big and small in titles such as; Feud: Bette & Joan, The Good Place, You're the Worst and Desperate Housewives. Jayne Entwistle and Tilda Swinton are both pale and British. Any other similarities are pure fabrication.
MARK JUDE SULLIVAN ("HERMAN") is a regular in L.A. theatre. His stage credits include Good Grief (CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre), Immediate Family (CTG's Mark Taper Forum), Casa Valentina (Pasadena Playhouse), Act One, Amadeus, The Whipping Man, The Liar and Romeo and Juliet (LA Theatre Works), Private Eyes, Lobby Hero and Betrayal (InHouse Theatre) and Mary's Wedding (Malibu Playhouse). Broadway: To Be or Not To Be (Manhattan Theatre Club). NY: The Dining Room (Keen Company - Drama Desk Award), Surface to Air (Symphony Space). Regional: The Whipping Man and The Sisters Rosensweig (Old Globe Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Measure for Measure and Melissa Arctic (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Studio Theatre), Big Death, Little Death and After Ashley (Woolly Mammoth Theatre). Film: Bear With Us. TV: ABC's Scandal, For The People, Pan Am, YouTube Red's Sing It!, CBS's As The World Turns.
TOM DETRINIS (Director) is so proud of the whole TILDA team and is grateful to everyone who has enjoyed far and wide! Recently on stage, Tom played David in The SantaLand Diaries at Virginia Stage Company and Lance in the Ovation Recommended DIE MOMMIE DIE at the Kirk Douglas Theater and at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. He is the producing director of the critically acclaimed theater company, 30 Minute Musicals, and has been on the producing team for three productions with the IAMA Theatre Company, as well as BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS at Celebration and Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater and the SoHo Playhouse. More? detrinis.com or @detrinis on insta.