Folk Wandering

Conceived by Jaclyn Backhaus & Andrew Neisler*
Book by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Andrew Neisler*

Music by Blake Allen, Mike Brun, Andrew R. Butler, Joel Esher, Alex Fast, Jo Lampert, Barrie McLain, Annie Tippe, and Dominique Toney

Lyrics by Blake Allen, Jaclyn Backhaus, Mike Brun, Andrew R. Butler, Joel Esher, Jo Lampert, Barrie McLain, and Annie Tippe

February 23 – March 25
Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres
502 W. 53rd St., NYC

In 1911, Rosealia dreams of a better life.
In 1933, Kai struggles to keep her daughter safe.
In 1955, Hannah finally fights for herself.

Folk Wandering is a sweeping new musical conjured from the hearts and minds of Jaclyn Backhaus (Men on Boats), Andrew Neisler (Charlatan, Clown Bar), and nine emerging singer-songwriters. This expansive story investigates the making and breaking of the American dream across three bygone generations. Join Pipeline Theatre Company and their band of troubadours this spring for an awakening of the hope, heartache, and longing that binds us all together.

“There’s nostalgia in the gorgeously played songs, full of yearning and exuberance and affection for eras we can hold at a safe distance now. Ms. Backhaus’s stories, vivid with the colors of human experience, are a vital defense against sentimentality. So are the actors, with not a weak link in the bunch.” – New York Times

“A breathtakingly ambitious musical…Folk Wandering is simultaneously intimate and epic as its multicultural cast conjures three tales from our collective American memory…enthralling.” – TimeOut NY

“A  stellar ensemble performance…a thoroughly enjoyable new musical…Pipeline Theatre Company is one to watch.” – Exeunt Magazine

Beautifully performed by a cast of eleven, Folk Wandering is a charming and good-natured musical rooted in Americana.” – TheaterScene.net

Featuring: Kim Blanck, Andrew R. Butler, Seth Clayton*, DeMone, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Morgan Siobhan Green, Lena Hudson, Kate Loprest, Dan Tracy*, Jordan Tyson, Nicole Weiss.

Band: Blake Allen (violin/viola), Mike Brun (percussion), Magda Kress (bass), Sydney Shepherd (cello), Ellen Winter (piano).

Music Director: Ellen Winter
Set Design: Carolyn Mraz
Lighting Design: Christopher Bowser*
Costume Design: Heather McDevitt Barton
Sound Design: Jim Petty of Five Ohm Productions
Props Design: Emmie Finckel
Choreography: Ben Hobbs
Casting: Telsey + Company/Lauren Harris

Arrangements by Mike Brun and Joel Esher
Orchestrations by Blake Allen and Mike Brun

Production Stage Manager: Kristy Bodall*
Production Manager: Jenny Beth Snyder
Associate Production Manager: Tyler Perry
Assistant Stage Manager: Anna Aschliman

Press: Matt Ross PR
Photography: Suzi Sadler
Graphic Design: Brendan Dalton
Advertising: Caolan Hunter

Assistant Director: Sam Leopold
Assistant Music Director: Simone Allen
Assistant Lighting Design: Asa Lipton
Assistant Prop Design: Jess Cummings
Production Assistants: Joanna Pisano, Priscilla Villanueva

Originally developed in collaboration with Jessie Barr, Kim Blanck, and Lena Hudson

Folk Wandering is made possible, in part, thanks to a producing partnership with Triumph Productions, Christopher Schout and Wayne Zink.

Performance space for this production was subsidized by the A.R.T./New York Theatres Rental Subsidy Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).

*Members of the Pipeline Theatre Company Ensemble