Audible is pleased to announce the New York premiere of Faith Salie’s Approval Junkie, developed in collaboration with and directed by Amanda Watkins. Previews will begin Tuesday, March 17 ahead of a March 25 opening night at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible’s creative home for live performances in New York. The limited engagement will run through Sunday, April 19. As with previous Audible Theater shows at the Minetta Lane, Approval Junkie will be released as an Audible Original later this year, extending its reach to millions of Audible listeners around the world.
From winning her high school beauty pageant, to picking the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce, Faith Salie is the ultimate approval seeker. A comedian and Emmy Award-winning journalist best known for her roles on NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, Salie has adapted her story into the heartfelt (and disturbingly hilarious) one-woman show, Approval Junkie. Through her witty, candid, and sometimes heartbreaking recollections, Salie reflects on a lifetime of looking for validation in all the wrong places — and reveals how she finally won gold stars from her toughest critic…herself. The World Premiere of Approval Junkie was produced at The Alliance Theatre in 2019.
“There are those brave artists who create art for art’s sake, who generously share their voices with no need for applause. I am obviously not one of those,” said Faith Salie. “I’m THRILLED and honored to bring Approval Junkie to Audible Theater, to ask nakedly for applause and laughter, and to bring to its vast audience these stories which are mostly inappropriate for my children to hear."
“I’ve been a Faith Salie fan for many years,” said Kate Navin, Artistic Producer, Audible Theater. “It’s a privilege to be able to bring her laugh-out-loud humor and wit to Audible’s members and live audiences at the Minetta Lane.”
Tickets to Approval Junkie start at $45 and are available now at Ticketmaster.com. Additionally, a limited amount of rush tickets for Approval Junkie will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am the morning of each performance via TodayTix.
Other upcoming events at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre include Dan Rather’s Stories of a Lifetime on Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19 at 7PM, In Love and Struggle from February 28 – March 1, and The Peculiar Patriot from March 5 – 7.
Recent live events have included The Half-Life of Marie Curie, an Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund commission by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, and starring Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany; and Common’s Bluebird Memories: A Journey Through Lyrics & Life. These and other award-winning and critically acclaimed Audible performances of captivating stage productions starring Billy Crudup, Judith Light, John Lithgow, Carey Mulligan, Aasif Mandvi, and more are available for pre-order or download at www.audible.com/theater.
Additional events at the Minetta Lane Theatre will be announced in the coming months and Audible has also announced live performances in London and Los Angeles. Information about previous and future live programming produced by Audible is available here.