Spotlight on Barrie McLain

The music for our upcoming world premiere musical, Folk Wandering, was composed collaboratively by nine emerging singer songwriters. In advance of our first performance on February 23, we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these composers, as well as with many of the key artists involved in the production. These conversations will bring you inside this show’s very unique process of creation, and bring you a bit closer to this brilliant and wild group of emerging artists. Today, we are pleased to bring you a spotlight on composer Barrie McLain.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets at the highly limited pre-sale rate (while supplies last!) today!

Barrie-McClainPipeline Theatre Company: How do you identify as an artist?
Barrie McLain: Performing artist and creator.

PTC: How did you come to work on Folk Wandering?
BM: Years ago, in the first workshops, I was a performer/creator.

PTC: What has been exciting to you about working with so many collaborators?
BM: Witnessing different songwriting processes is always a gift, and every new song and group is an adjustment. It’s an opportunity to be flexible and eager to discover together.

PTC: What has been different about this writing process, compared to others you’ve been a part of?
BM: It’s grown through so many collaborative configurations! Many folks have their eyes and ears on the work so it stays true to its core without being precious.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
BM: The powerful women and the painful truths they must reckon with to overcome the obstacles they face in America.

Folk Wandering begins preview performances on February 23, opens on March 4, and runs through March 18. Tickets are now available to all performances at a highly limited pre-sale rate. Get your tickets today!

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Spotlight on Annie Tippe

The music for our upcoming world premiere musical, Folk Wandering, was composed collaboratively by nine emerging singer songwriters. In advance of our first performance on February 23, we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these composers, as well as with many of the key artists involved in the production. These conversations will bring you inside this show’s very unique process of creation, and bring you a bit closer to this brilliant and wild group of emerging artists. Today, we are pleased to bring you a spotlight on composer Annie Tippe.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets at the highly limited pre-sale rate (while supplies last!) today!

Annie-TippePipeline Theatre Company: How do you identify as an artist?
Annie Tippe: Director (with compulsion for singing).

PTC: How did you come to work on Folk Wandering?
AT: Wow. Great question. I just remember being in a room with many of my best friends, and it’s hard to remember how I got there. But likely by the good graces of Andrew Neisler, who has a remarkable knack for gathering like-minded souls into the same room for the pure sake of joy and experimentation. And he knew I had a compulsion for making up songs on the spot, whether anyone wanted to hear them or not.

PTC: What has been exciting to you about working with so many collaborators?
AT: Song writing is something I have only done with Folk Wandering. I have only ever known song writing with multiple composers. So I am always thrilled to write with the group, because we act like puzzle pieces for each other. Sometimes the wrong fit or the clash in styles can produce something really exciting. And sometimes you’re paired with someone who perfectly compliments you. And there’s a kismet in knowing, only through this collaboration could we have come up with this special something. There’s also just a ton of wild talent and skill on the composing team. I learn something new every day. (I learned the term “Ostinato” the other day! Never stop learning!)

PTC: What other projects do you have coming up?
AT: I am working with a lot of special artists in the coming months. With Rachel Chavkin, I will be co-directing a new piece by James Monaco and Jerome Ellis called MUSEUM: Lecture, which goes up in January as part of the Exponential Festival. And I am continuing to develop new music theater stuff with Jeanna Philips and Molly Beach Murphy. Our show Cowboy Bob will be developed further at the Polyphony Festival in Philadelphia. Later next spring, I will be directing a premiere of a new Leslye Headland play in LA. Lots of work to chew on, all with exciting music elements!

Folk Wandering begins preview performances on February 23, opens on March 4, and runs through March 18. Tickets are now available to all performances at a highly limited pre-sale rate. Get your tickets today!

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Spotlight on Dominique Toney

The music for our upcoming world premiere musical, Folk Wandering, was composed collaboratively by nine emerging singer songwriters. In advance of our first performance on February 23, we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these composers, as well as with many of the key artists involved in the production. These conversations will bring you inside this show’s very unique process of creation, and bring you a bit closer to this brilliant and wild group of emerging artists. Today, we are pleased to bring you a spotlight on composer Dominique Toney.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets at the highly limited pre-sale rate (while supplies last!) today!

Dominique-ToneyPipeline Theatre Company: How do you identify as an artist?
Dominique Toney:
I identify as an actor, singer, and songwriter.

PTC: How did you come to work on Folk Wandering?
DT: I was brought into Folk Wandering through Andrew Neisler. Andrew and I had been working in Political Subversities, a musical sketch comedy group, for about 2 years at this point. He as the associate director and myself as a performer and writer. Other Political Subversities members were also a part of the initial stages of the show, including Andrew Butler, Annie Tippe, and Kim Blanck.

PTC: What has been exciting to you about working with so many collaborators?
DT: About a month or two into the Folk Wandering writing process, I moved back home to Los Angeles to complete the recording of my debut album, so sadly I was not there for the full process. What I do fondly recall about those few weeks with the Folk Wandering crew, was how effortlessly the songs came to be. And how fun it was to have an hour to break into groups and share ideas and create something magical with one another. What was also so special about it was that we were all there on our own volition. Post college, spending our time to work on this piece of art together. That feels so rare to me. Usually people come on board to a project and ask “what’s in it for me?” and that wasn’t the case here. We were all just craving to be creative with one another, and to be of service to these wonderful words.

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently?
DT: Well, I went to Los Angeles and never turned back. I’ve been here for 6 years now. I’ve released that album, worked on a few tv shows, and shot about 2 dozen commercials. I sing in a vocal trio and last year we started our own business (www.theeraqueens.com!)

PTC: What other projects do you have coming up?
DT: Recording new music! I wrote and recorded the theme song to an upcoming tv show. Oh, and you can catch me in the upcoming feature film “My Name Is Myeisha”, which will premiere at Slamdance later this month.

Folk Wandering begins preview performances on February 23, opens on March 4, and runs through March 18. Tickets are now available to all performances at a highly limited pre-sale rate. Get your tickets today!

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Pre-Sale Tix Now On Sale to All Performances

Tickets are now on sale at a highly limited pre-sale rate for ALL performances (Feb. 23- March 18) of Pipeline’s upcoming world premiere musical, Folk Wandering.

Pre-sale tickets range from $20-$55, but only while supplies last! Get your tickets early, see the show early, and save!

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.

unnamedWe are additionally pleased to announce that Kate Loprest is joining the cast of Folk Wandering. Kate is delighted to make her Pipeline Theatre debut. Broadway: First Date (Allison); Hairspray (Amber); Xanadu; Wonderland; Drowsy Chaperone. Tour: Wicked (Glinda, Nessa u/s) Chicago; Little House on the Prairie (Nellie Oleson). Recent: Company (Susan) Barrington Stage; White Christmas (Betty) Ogunquit Playhouse; Showboat (Ellie) Washington National and Dallas Opera. TV: “Boardwalk Empire” (Corrine), “I Love You…But I Lied”, “Running Wilde”. Kate is the host and creator of Living Small TV. www.KateLoprest.com.

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Spotlight on Andrew Butler

The music for our upcoming world premiere musical, Folk Wandering, was composed collaboratively by nine emerging singer songwriters. In advance of our first performance on February 23, we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these composers, as well as with many of the key artists involved in the production. These conversations will bring you inside this show’s very unique process of creation, and bring you a bit closer to this brilliant and wild group of emerging artists. Today, we are pleased to bring you our very first spotlight on Andrew Butler, who is one of our composers and who will also be performing in Folk Wandering in the role of Everett Ruess.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets at the highly limited pre-sale rate (while supplies last!) today!

Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 10.46.04 AMPipeline Theatre Company: How do you identify yourself as an artist?
Andrew Butler: I’m a writer, composer and performer.

PTC: How did you come to work on Folk Wandering?
AB: [Andrew] Neisler and Jaclyn [Backhaus] invited me to participate in its creation! I knew them both from past projects and from our overlapping artistic communities. Neisler and I were already collaborators in the music-comedy group Political Subversities, and I knew Jaclyn from working with Theatre Reconstruction Ensemble.

PTC: What has been exciting to you about working with so many collaborators?
AB: It’s super fun to get to write songs with a whole crew of other writers. I’m usually a more solitary songwriter, and while I’ve brought some of that process to music in Folk Wandering, it’s been incredibly rewarding to write music to Jaclyn’s words, or to write words that someone else puts to music, and to do every combination therein, all on the same show. Even more fun is hearing the collaborations of my collaborators! It’s neat to recognize different writers’ voices and styles in the music, and just as neat when the alchemy of the combination produces something you can’t trace.

PTC: What other projects do you have coming up?
AB: My experimental theatre company harunalee is in the Under The Radar Festival this year with a show called Memory Retrograde, written by the company’s co-founder and namesake Kristine Haruna Lee. Right before Folk Wandering begins rehearsals I’m going on a short writing retreat to Guild Hall in the Hamptons with my writing partner Andrew Farmer, culminating in a concert of songs from our musicals.

Folk Wandering begins preview performances on February 23, opens on March 4, and runs through March 18. Tickets are now available to all performances at a highly limited pre-sale rate. Get your tickets today!

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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.

WHAT DO YOU DO?
You donate any amount to Pipeline Theatre Company today

THEN WHAT HAPPENS?
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!

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT: GIVE TODAY!

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.

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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
GIVE TODAY!

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

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