Preview Tickets Now On Sale & Casting Announced!

Preview tickets (for performances February 23 – March 3) are now on sale at a highly limited pre-sale rate for Pipeline’s upcoming world premiere musical, Folk Wandering.

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 our band of troubadours this spring for an awakening of the hope, heartache, and longing that binds us all together.

Tickets to all other performances will be available for purchase beginning January 2. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available on a first come first served basis. But you can get those preview tickets right now this minute, and for just $20 (while supplies last). See it first and save!


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A Song in Thanks from Joel Esher

This week we experienced something miraculous, our biggest #GivingTuesday yet! We raised a total of $2,629! Once we factor in the gift from our anonymous matching donor, that brings us over 1/4 of the way toward our $20,000 goal!

Our Folk Wandering collaborating composers (of which there are 9!) will be sharing their gratitude through song all December long. This first song comes from Joel Esher, and is written to the tune of “Real Down Home Guy” from Folk Wandering. Want to hear your name in song? Make a tax-deductible donation today and help us reach our goal by December 31, 2017. Want to learn more about Joel and the rest of our collaborating composers? Click here!

Already donated and didn’t hear your name? Fear not, there’s so much more to come.

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Today Only: Get Advance Access to Tix

Today is #GivingTuesday, an annual day of giving fueled by the power of generosity and collaboration. As an organization with courage and compassion at its core, this is a big day for us.

Yesterday, we announced an anonymous donor is matching every dollar donated between now and December 31, 2017, up to $10,000. We know the Pipeline community to be filled with some of the most ferocious supporters around, so we’re working to make a splash this year and make this our biggest #GivingTuesday yet! Help us take a major leap toward goal by making a #GivingTuesday contribution! For today only, we’ll show our gratitude by giving you advanced access to Folk Wandering tickets.

You donate any amount to Pipeline Theatre Company today

You get advanced access to Folk Wandering tickets
You double your impact through our anonymous matching donor
You join the international #GivingTuesday movement

Simple and wonderful.

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Big News! Your Impact Just Doubled

We just got some very big, very exciting news. A generous anonymous donor has pledged to match every donation made to Pipeline this holiday season, up to $10,000. Earlier today, we announced that we’re working to raise $20,000 by December 31, 2017. That goal suddenly feels so miraculously within our reach, but we need your help to get there!


This means every dollar donated between now and December 31 has double the impact. Donate $5, we get $10. Donate $10, we get $20. Donate $500, we get $1,000! You get it. There’s no better moment to join the Pipeline family and help us bring our artists dreams roaring into reality. Click here to explore the extraordinary perks of giving, and here to make a fully tax-deductible donation.

Hop on board today and join us in building a theater where no dream is too big.


Photo by Suzi Sadler from the 2017 Gala.

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Help Us Raise $20,000 by December 31

This past winter, Pipeline presented our most ambitious project yet: the New York Premiere of Jason Craig and Dave Malloy’s indie rock musical, Beardo. It is thanks to a community of makers and believers that our small company could mount this very big production. Over our nine seasons of bringing ferociously imaginative work to the stage, it has been the dedication and generosity of our family of donors that made all of this magic so miraculously possible.

Our next production is another larger-than-life World Premiere musical that has community at its heart. Created by acclaimed playwright Jaclyn Backhaus (Men on Boats), Pipeline ensemble member Andrew Neisler (Clown Bar, Charlatan), and nine emerging musicians and songwriters, Folk Wandering is an exploration of the making and breaking of the American dream across three bygone generations.

Today we ask you to join our community by making a gift of support. Our goal is to raise $20,000 total by the New Year. By helping us get there, you’re securing a place in New York for young risk takers and helping to build a theater where no dream is too big.

GOAL: $20,000 by December 31, 2017


Photo by Marielle Solan of Folk Wandering at ANT Fest ’12.

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Support Pipeline When You Shop

Planning to get in some Cyber Monday holiday shopping on Monday, November 27? You can support Pipeline when you shop, at no extra cost to you. Pipeline is an Amazon Smile and Giving Assistant supported nonprofit. Click the images below to learn more.


Pipeline is an official Amazon Smile supported nonprofit! This means, when you designate Pipeline as your charity of choice, every time you shop on Amazon a percentage of the proceeds of your purchase goes directly to us at no extra cost to you! Click here to get started and then from now on visit for all your Amazon needs.

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Pipeline is an official Giving Assistant supported nonprofit, this means, by using Giving Assistant coupons, you get cash back on your purchases at participating stores (including Gilt, Forever 21, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and tons more!) AND Pipeline gets a percentage of the proceeds of your purchase at no extra cost to you. For this week only, (November 28-December 3) your cash back and donation get automatically doubled! Click here to learn more.

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Liz Leimkuhler Joins the Extraordinary Risk Cast

headshot-classic-landscape-medium_origWe are pleased to announce that Liz Leimkuhler, most recently appearing on the Pipeline stage in our production of Jason Craig and Dave Malloy’s Beardo, is joining the cast of A Night of Extraordinary Risk: Corpse Backpack in the role of the Sorcerer.

Liz is an actress, singer, and comedian living in New York City. Favorite recent credits include Shack Sister in Beardo, and Mr. Newquist in Little Murders, directed by Shira Milikowsky and staged in old burger joint in BK. She is currently a member of The Bats at the Flea Theater. For more, visit

Liz joins a stellar cast that includes Jermaine Golden, Erik Olson*, Arshia Panicker, Omen Sade, and Jennifer Tsay+. Our Night of Extraordinary Risk will perform for three nights only, next week, November 16-18. Grab your tickets now!

*Pipeline Theatre Company Ensemble member
+Member of Actors Equity Association – AEA Approved Showcase

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Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for a highly limited engagement. Join Pipeline and our PlayLab Class of 2018 on November 16-18 for a night of riddles, mystery, and, as always, a touch of magic.

This year’s Night of Extraordinary Risk: Corpse Backpack is the first in what we hope will grow into an annual experiment in playmaking. Together, our PlayLab Class of 2018 chose the classic Indian folktale, Baichal Pachisi, to draw inspiration from and collaboratively built a brand new play. The tale features a prideful king, a dubious sorcerer, a back-latching ghoul, innumerable daughters, and absolutely no sons.

Join the Magic-Makers before making your purchase and start getting exclusive access to this adventurous Pipeline programming now!


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Introducing a Night of Extraordinary Risk

Today we are pleased to introduce our first ever Night of Extraordinary Risk, a new program from the PlayLab. Each year, the current PlayLab Class will select an existing folk story, myth, or fairytale from which they will draw inspiration to collaboratively build an original play.

For the inaugural year of the program, the Class of 2018 selected the classic Indian folk tale, Baital Pachisi. The tale features a prideful king, a dubious sorcerer, a back-latching ghoul, innumerable daughters, and absolutely no sons. Join the PlayLab class of 2018 for a grand experiment in playmaking; a night of riddles, mystery, and, as always, a touch of magic. This new event will be presented November 16-18 in a tucked away space at 915 Broadway. Save the date, tickets on sale October 20.

Through a year-long series of monthly meetings, the PlayLab serves as a workshop for 6-8 playwrights annually to build new plays with constructive feedback from other playwrights, directors, and the artistic staff of Pipeline. Throughout the course of the season, the PlayLab presents their work to the public twice, at A Night of Extraordinary Risk in November and at A Week of Extraordinary Risk: Reading Series in June. The Week of Extraordinary Risk (previously titled the Bonfire Series) is the culminating event of the PlayLab and features staged readings of full-length plays developed over the course of the year by each writer.

Together, our Extraordinary Risk programs exemplify Pipeline’s mission to challenge artists to go as far as they can dream, and then perhaps to push even further. Our PlayLab was designed to give artists space and time to create, completely free from logistical and financial concerns; to authentically build the wild plays they imagine. The Extraordinary Risk programs are our opportunity to invite our whole community in on this thrilling, rewarding, and courageous process.


Written by
The PlayLab Class of 2018
Rick Burkhardt, J. Julian Christopher, Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Jae Kramisen,
K.T. Looney, Divya Mangwani, Matt Minnicino

Directed by Jaki Bradley & Tom Costello*
Music by Deepali Gupta & Nate Weida*

Set by Christopher Bowser*
Lighting by Scot Gianelli
Costumes by Haydee Zelideth
Stage Management by Shayna Penn


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Pipeline Artistic Director Named Rising Star

On Wednesday, July 19, our very own artistic director, Ari Schrier, was named one of New York’s 40 under 40 rising stars in the nonprofit sector. This is the third consecutive year that New York Nonprofit Media has recognized and celebrated the rising generation of leaders across the New York nonprofit world. Ari was recognized at an honoree breakfast this week alongside this year’s other awardees, including leaders from Planned Parenthood of New York City, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and others. Click here to learn more about the event and access the full list of 2017 honorees.

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