Join us for our biggest party ever

Tickets are now on sale for our 2016 gala. You’re invited to join us as we honor our growing community of adventurous artists, raise the funds for our 14th mainstage production, and dance dance dance the night away.

Sunday, March 13
STK | 26 Little W. 12th St.
Cocktail Attire Strongly Encouraged

Silver

$30 advance/$40 door
Includes 8:30pm entry, one drink ticket, refreshments, the chance to win fabulous prices, and dancing into the wee hours. Purchase Silver

Gold

$40 advance/$50 door
Includes 8:30pm entry, OPEN BAR, refreshments, the chance to win fabulous prices, and dancing into the wee hours. Purchase Gold

Diamond

$150 advance
Includes 7:00pm entry, open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live performances including a preview performance from Pipeline’s upcoming 2016-2017 mainstage, the chance to win fabulous prices, and dancing into the wee hours. Purchase Diamond

Platinum

$250 advance
Includes one ticket to the opening night of Pipeline’s 2016-2017 mainstage production, 7:00pm gala entry, open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live performances including a preview performance from Pipeline’s upcoming Fall mainstage, the chance to win fabulous prices, and dancing into the wee hours. Purchase Platinum

Diamond Party

$1000 advance
Includes ten diamond level tickets. Purchase Diamond Party

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Announcing the 2016 Gala!

Gala-Front-2016-template_webMark your calendar now! Join Pipeline Theatre Company for a magic celebration. Help us honor our growing community of adventurous artists and raise the funds for our Fall 2016 mainstage production (big announcement coming soon!).

March 13, 2016
STK, 26 Little W. 12th St
Cocktail attire strongly encouraged

Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2016. Mark your calendar now!

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Early bird tickets are now on sale

Early bird tickets to our upcoming Matchstick Series: Strange Tongues (Jan. 13-15, Nuyorican Poets Cafe) are now on sale. Snatch ’em up before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve and, for just $15, you’ll join our team of 33 artists for an evening of truly adventurous…and truly strange…new plays.

Last year, the Matchstick Series sold out in just two weeks. Don’t wait! Get your tickets now.

FEATURING 7 WORLD PREMIERE PLAYS

WRITTEN BY

Matthew Barbot, Jen Browne, Gina Femia, Reina Hardy, Jacob Marx Rice, Callan Stout, Amy E. Witting

DIRECTED BY

Alison Beatty, Sash Bischoff, Liz Carlson, Tom Costello*, Felicia, Lobo, Jesse Thurston, Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

PERFORMED BY

Willy Appelman*, Fernando Contreras*, Tesiana Elie+, Sam Gonzalez, Doug Harris+, Melissa Mahoney, Sydney Matthews*, Sade Namei+, Erik Olson*, Danny Rivera+, Nicole Spiezio*, Akyiaa Wilson

CREATIVE TEAM

Producer: Natalie Gershtein
Stage Manager: Kristy Bodall
Music Director/Composer: Chris Ryan
Production Designer: Christopher Bowser
Costume Designer: Heather McDevitt Barton
Production Assistants: Zach Donovan, Jenna Rush

*Members of the Pipeline Ensemble
+These actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association – Equity Approved Showcase

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Announcing Matchstick Round 2!

This January 13 – 15 we’re bringing you our second annual Matchstick Series: Strange Tongues, a night of short plays, inspired by 7 works of poetry, and imagined by the PlayLab class of 2016. The event will take place at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the historic home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater, and visual arts.

We’ve enlisted an out-of-this-world roster of designers, directors, and actors to create these pieces with our playwrights. Learn all about them below. Tickets are limited and won’t go on sale until late December, but you can get early access by making a tax-deductible year-end-donation to Pipeline. Learn More!

CREATIVE TEAM

Producer…………………………….Natalie Gershtein
Stage Manager…………………………..Kristy Bodall
Music Director/Composer…………………Chris Ryan
Production Designer…………….Christopher Bowser
Costume Designer………..Heather McDevitt Barton
Production Assistants…Zach Donovan, Jenna Rush

DIRECTORS

Alison Beatty
Sash Bischoff
Liz Carlson
Tom Costello
Felicia Lobo
Jesse Thurston
Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

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MEET OUR DIRECTORS

Alison Beatty has been the School Artistic Director at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School for the past 6 years, where she is responsible for programming, producing, and overseeing a robust season of student shows as well as 2 Atlantic for Kids productions annually. She has had the pleasure of directing and/ or choreographing several ATC for Kids shows, including: The Velveteen Rabbit, Camp Kappawanna, Ivy and Bean the Musical (National Tour), Tilly the Trickster, The Hundred Dresses, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Miss Nelson is Missing, No Dogs Allowed, Really Rosie, Strega Nona, The Big Stew, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown in addition to collaborating on many projects including plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Brecht in theaters throughout NYC. As a faculty member of the Atlantic, Alison teaches Company Class, in which she mentors the advanced level students through forming their own theater company and producing an inaugural production as an ensemble, and Moment Lab. She is currently pursuing an M.Ed. and M.A. in Psychological Counseling at Columbia University.

Sash Bischoff is a director whose credits include The Visit (Resident Director of upcoming China Tour with the original Broadway cast), Shrek (National Tour), Long Division (Portland Center Stage), Candyland: The Last Train to Babylon (Ars Nova), Life (Ars Nova), Taboo (Ars Nova), The White Party (Clubbed Thumb), Babs the Dodo (Williamstown), Swept (Williamstown), Talk to Me of Love (Williamstown), Cold (Williamstown), Seven Categories (Williamstown), The Old Fever-New Things (Terra Nova), #Serials (The Flea), Mine (Chautauqua), The Milkman, The Paperboy, Evening TV (Ugly Rhino), Anything for You (Atlantic), A Social Event (Atlantic), Urinetown (PST), and She Loves Me (PST). 2015-16 R&D Group Member, 2011 SDC Traube Fellow, 2015 Beatrice Terry Residency Finalist, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab Member. Upcoming: Associate Director of the International tour of Shrek, Assistant Director of The Gabriels at The Public, The Age of Man (NYU Grad), The White Party (National Black Theater). BA Princeton University.

Liz Carlson is a is a director and producer in New York City and the Artistic Director for Naked Angels. Her primary focus is the development of new plays and musicals. Liz has worked at Ars Nova, The Dramatists Guild, EST, The Flea, Keen Company, Manhattan School of Music, MTC, The New Group, New York Stage & Film, Playwrights Horizons, The Playwrights Realm, Signature Theater Company, Studio 42, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and more. MFA: The New School for Drama. 2013 Drama League Directors Project Fellow.

Tom Costello has been a freelance director since graduating from NYU/Tisch. He has directed Pipeline’s productions of Sleepless City by Tim Chawaga, Shakespeare the Dead by Alex Mills (Dream Up Festival), and Bubble and Squeak by Evan Twohy, which was a finalist in the 2011 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. He has been a Resident Director at The Flea since 2011, where he has directed Smoke by Kim Davies, The Wundelsteipen (and other difficult roles for young people); #serials@theflea: Lucifer ex Machina by Sevan K. Greene, Undesirables by Jeff Ronan; The Flying Latke (co-director, 2011). Elsewhere, he has directed Libra Theater Company’s The Thirteenth Commandment by Joshua H. Cohen and has directed numerous productions for Atlantic Acting School where he is also a member of the faculty.

Felicia Lobo is a Brooklyn based director and co-artistic director of Insomnium Theatre Company. Recent directing adventures include Night of the Living Beanie Babies (Insomnium), Abduct, Transfer, Deliver (Ampersand Artists) and The Love of the Nightingale (Insomnium). Other recent theatre work includes The Exalted (BAM Next Wave, Dir. Anne Bogart), The Mermaiden; or, the Monogamy (SSSS, Dir. Andrew Neisler) and The Gray Man (Pipeline, Dir. Andrew Neisler). She is also an Artistic Associate with Pipeline and is forever grateful for their dedication to Serious Make Believe. BFA: NYU Tisch Drama, Atlantic Acting School.

Jesse Thurston is a director and performer. For Pipeline, he has helped to develop plays by Salty Brine, Sarah Einspanier and Jeremy Wine. He has also recently directed for Atlantic Theatre Company, Tiny Rhino and Bookshop Workshops. He is a company member of Story Pirates and a proud graduate of Northwestern University.

Sarah Elizabeth Wansley is a New York-based director. She received her MFA in Directing from UCSD under acclaimed Romanian director Gabor Tompa and a BA in English from Columbia University (summa cum laude). At UCSD she radically re-imagined Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes and Brecht’s Drums in the Night, developed site-specific work for La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW festival and directed for UCSD’s Wagner New Play Festival. In New York, Sarah has directed at EST / Youngblood, The Flea Theater and the NY Fringe. As Artistic Director of Aporia Theater she directed Patrick Barrett’s Follow Me Down and her own translation of Büchner’s Woyzeck. Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2011), Drama League Directing Fellow (2015).

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A Message from Andrew Farmer

Dear Friends of Pipeline,

If you’re reading this message, you and I have a wonderful thing in common: We’re both big fans of Pipeline Theatre Company. Maybe we sat next to each other at BYUIOO–their beautiful, acrobatic, gibberish musical at Judson Church. Or did we share a table at the Matchstick Series when Pipeline’s PlayLab writers showcased their most adventurous new plays? Perhaps we brushed shoulders at Clown Bar? I was in a massive red wig with checkered hula-hoop pants eating a banana.

My name is Andrew Farmer. I’m a writer, actor and frequent collaborator in the Pipeline community. In addition to chewing the scenery as Bobo in Clown Bar I was the playwright behind their most recent mainstage, The Gray Man.

As an artist who frequently works on big, bold, absurd comedies, the thought of having my intimate little ghost play produced was terrifying. Built with veteran Pipeline director Andrew Neisler, it was unlike anything either of us had ever made before. We knew it would take extraordinary faith, energy, and fortitude in a company to make it work; to plunge an audience into an ever-transforming story, whisking them from their beds to a rotting tenement building, to a cabin in the woods; to cast a group of equally transformable actors; and to provide an experience for each audience member that felt as personal and delicate as a bedtime story. Pipeline Theatre pulled it off thoughtfully and magnificently. It’s no wonder that they’re known for making the impossible suddenly and masterfully possible.

They support their collaborators wholly and tirelessly. They are constantly creating new opportunities for emerging writers, actors, directors and designers to develop and share their work. And each show they produce is a true immersive experience that rewards its audience generously for coming out to support new drama. These are not only remarkable feats to accomplish in the theater world, they are also remarkably rare.

To keep Pipeline running it takes passionate hard work (they’ve got that covered), exceptional artistic vision (check) and of course, money (this is where you come in.) Your contribution helps Pipeline make all those impossible things possible. Each time an audience member gasps, laughs or wonders “How’d they do that?” you’ll have a hand in making it happen. Each time a PlayLab playwright gets their work produced for the first time, you’ll be a crucial step in their process. Each light that’s hung, each actor that’s paid, each new piece that reinvigorates the theater world will be possible because of you.

So join me in pledging your support to Pipeline. Every little bit helps (every big bit too!) Let’s keep this astounding company of serious make-believers in the business of putting magic onstage.

MAKE A DONATION

Thanks so much for your time and I hope to see you at the next show! I’ll be the guy in the red wig and hula-hoop pants.

Fondly,

Andrew Farmer

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Introducing the PlayLab Class of 2016

Through a year-long series of monthly meetings, the Pipeline PlayLab serves as a workshop for playwrights to build new plays with constructive feedback from other playwrights, directors, and the artistic staff of Pipeline. These 8 outstanding artists will be in residence with the PlayLab through July 2016.

Barbot, Matthew

Matthew Barbot

Princess Clara of Loisaida

About Matt: The Village Voice once called Matt “occasionally witty.”

About the Project: When José finds out the fairy tales he’s been telling his little sister, Clara, might be true he is forced to fight a magical battle for her destiny. More

 

Browne, JenJen Browne

Hags, Mopes and the End of All Existence

About Jen: Jen Browne is a Brooklyn based playwright and actor with a major affinity for big magical ideas.

About the Project: Hags and Mopes have been married a long time, too long, so maybe it’s not so bad there’s a comet heading straight toward them, the end is finally near. More

 

 

Femia, GinaGina Femia

The Mermaid Parade

About Gina: Gina explores big ideas through intimate stories and dreams on a daily basis.

About the Project: Islande thinks there’s a mermaid in Coney Island but Biron, recently deployed to Iraq, is not so sure. More

 

 

Hardy, ReinaReina Hardy

The Puppet Show

About Reina: Reina writes plays that usually contain magic, and sometimes contain science.

About the Project: The Puppet Show is a play about saving the world through children’s television, containing two actors and many, many puppets. More

 

 

Rice, Jacob MarxJacob Marx Rice

Untitled Egg Play

About Jacob: Jacob writes plays about all the ways human beings fail. Usually they’re comedies. But people always end up crying.

About the Project: Nicole is trying to unboil an egg. And not fall in love. And stop thinking about Allie. And get Humpty Dumpty to leave her alone. More

 

Prescod, DonaldoDonaldo Prescod

The Great Porn Caper

About Donaldo: Donaldo is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and producer. First generation American, his family is from Panama.

About the Project: The Great Porn Caper is a high octane comedy about Tesla, Edison, and inadvertently the porn industry. More

 

Stout, CallanCallan Stout

Untitled Outer Space Religion Play

About Callan: Callan is a playwright. She enjoys writing, reading, Scottish Country dancing & traveling. She hopes to one day be a very old playwright. She does not want to be mummified.

About the Project: Untitled Outer Space Religion Play is about a young woman confronting the religion she no longer believes and committing the ultimate expression of faith: self-mummification. More

 

Witting, AmyAmy E. Witting

Eleven Shades of Blue

About Amy: The first readings of Amy’s plays take place in her apartment over lasagna and that’s where she believes the magic happens.

About the Project: Four women from different times touch the sky, swim with the fish, and experience the details of a timeless Coney Island. More

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Performances Begin Tomorrow & New Short!

The Gray Man begins tomorrow! Performances September 24, 26, and 27 are just $20. Go early and save. Get tix now.

And watch the conclusion of our very short film series, There By Her Side.

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Volunteer and Get Free Tix

We are currently seeking volunteers to help with The Gray Man load-in and front-of-house. Interested in free tix to The Gray Man? Interested in lending a hand?

LOAD-IN: September 21, 3PM-7PM
FRONT OF HOUSE: September 25 – October 18

Email volunteer@pipelinetheatre.org to sign up.
If interested in volunteering for load-in please include any specific technical background or skills.

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We’re Partnering with 826NYC: October 13

At Pipeline, we’re all about unbridling imaginations, and this October, we’re devoting more resources to it than ever before.

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On Tuesday, October 13, we’re hosting a special The Gray Man benefit performance in support of 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 50% of the proceeds from this very special performance will go directly to 826NYC programs. But this night won’t be like every other night:

The evening will begin at 7:30PM with special presentations of 5 scary stories, written by 826NYC students, and performed by the Pipeline ensemble. Our performance of The Gray Man will then begin at 8PM.

Tickets to this very special event are just $40. Click here to join us!

STEM Avery & Ruben

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Oh Boy Did We Make It

OH BOY! We are in major celebration mode over at Pipeline. As the clock struck midnight just moments ago, we not only hit our Kickstarter goal…we way surpassed it! Thanks to you, our incredible community, we were able to raise $11,122 in just one month.

We can’t thank you enough for banding together and giving Pipeline the resources we need to really knock this production out of the park. Thanks to you, The Gray Man is going to be truly incredible. We are so grateful. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

You’ll be continuing to hear from us with updates over the coming weeks and, as we learn the identities of our more mysterious donors, we’ll continue saying thank you all over the place.

We’re also throwing a party for all of our artists and backers at Dean St. (755 Dean St., Brooklyn) on September 19. All of our backers received an RSVP link via email. If you are a backer and you did not receive the link, please email info@pipelinetheatre.org .

 

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