Hang a Tale is a New York City based, non-profit theatre company. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten and Michael Wurl Larson have come together to create intimate, actor-driven productions for the Off-Broadway stage.
Our mission is to reexamine, reimagine and reinvigorate classic texts for the theatre. We seek tales of universality, old and new, that transcend the limitations of time. We search for stories that inspire us and start conversations about our lives and the world around us. We are unique in our contribution to our artistic community because we choose not to limit ourselves to any particular playwright or style. We embrace our diverse, dynamic surroundings and remain open to co-creation and inclusiveness.
Jesse Liebman (Actor, Writer, Producer) is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Classics. He spent two years working in the general management office of the musical Wicked before attending the conservatory at the New Actors Workshop, where he studied with Mike Nichols and George Morrison. In 2010, he produced, co-starred, and co-directed a bilingual version of Waiting For Godot, which he performed in Paris. That same year, Jesse also made his film debut in Sony's Did You Hear About The Morgans? In 2014, he toured the country as Neil Kellerman in Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage, then briefly joined the producing office of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Past development projects include Mass Mass Mass: An Oresteia (The School For Making Thinking) and Frank (The Brick Theater's Tiny Theater Festival). He currently studies with Michael Howard.
Kim Martin-Cotten (Founding Member, Actor, Director, Producer) As an actress, Kim Martin-Cotten was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Josie in The Pearl Theatre's Moon for the Misbegotten. She has appeared on Broadway with Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice and, most recently, in The Little Foxes with Laura Linney & Cynthia Nixon at The Manhattan Theatre Club. Other credits include the national tour of August Osage County, King Lear with Stacy Keach at The Goodman Theatre, Time and the Conways at The Old Globe, the premier of Ghostwritten by Naomi Izuka and the premier of Not What Happened in the BAM Next Wave Festival. Kim is also guest faculty at Yale School of Drama. As a director, she assisted Anna Deveare Smith in her initial production of House Arrest; First Edition at Arena Stage, Taming of the Shrew for The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project and The Dumb Waiter and The Little Prince for Hang a Tale.
Michael Wurl Larson (Founding Member, Actor, Producer) holds an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was also the recipient of the Hallmark Teaching Fellowship in Acting & Directing. He has appeared with Hang a Tale in The Dumb Waiter, The Winter's Tale and The Little Prince. Some other credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Guerrilla Shakespeare Project), Heterosexuals (Ohio Theatre), Twelfth Night (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival), The Comedy of Errors, The Proposal, The Flying Doctor, Romeo and Juliet and The Christmas Carol (Kansas City Rep), Macbeth, Tintypes, 1776 (Hope Summer Rep), Big River (Starlight), Oliver! (The MUNY).
L to R. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten & Michael Wurl Larson. Photo by Lois Greenfield