Tickets are now on sale!

For a limited time only, join the PlayLab Class of 2015 at the Red Room, a prohibition-era cabaret, for a night of short plays, each set in a different time and place. In the span of just 90 minutes you’ll jump aboard a sinking ship, perch on a mountaintop, sip cocktails in 1950s Hollywood, ponder life and death with two aging cowboys, and that’s just half of it.

Early Bird Tickets: $15
Prices will increase on January 1, 2015
There is a one drink minimum for all performances

The Red Room | 85 E. 4th St.
January 16 – 18, 2015 | 7:30PM
Additional Performance January 16 at 10:30PM

With Eight Never Before Seen Short Plays…

Written By:
Salty Brine, Colby Day*, Sarah Einspanier, Adam Fried, Claire Kiechel, Jerry Lieblich, Rachel Music, Jeremy Wine

Directed By:
Jaki Bradley, Liz Carlson, Daniel Johnsen*, Isaac Klein, Andrew Scoville, Jesse Thurston, Annie Tippe, Gabriel Vega Weissman

Performed By:
Willy Appelman*, Seth Clayton*+, Maxwell Eddy+, Lizzie Fox, Alex Grubbs, Daniel Johnsen*, Benjamin Katz+, Carolyn Mignini+, Kelly Rogers, Arielle Siegel*, Allison Smith*, Kate Thulin, Ned Van Zandt+

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

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Seeking Actors for Matchstick Series, Age 50-75

We are currently looking to add one actor to our Matchstick Series ensemble. We’re casting the role of “Doc” in Adam Fried’s Ball and Chain, directed by Andrew Scoville. Character breakdown below.

“Doc”: (M, 50-75) a small, homely, dapper mittleuropean; looks like Sam Jaffe in “The Asphalt Jungle”; speaks with a German accent.

Auditions will be held by appointment, December 10, 6:30-7:30PM. To schedule an audition, please send headshot and resume to

More About the Matchstick Series:

Matchstick Series: Anywhere but Here, is a night of short plays, each set in a different time and place, as imagined by the Pipeline PlayLab class of 2015. The Matchstick Series will be presented at The Red Room, a newly renovated prohibition era event space on E. 4th St.

Playwrights: Salty Brine, Colby Day, Sarah Einspanier, Adam Fried, Claire Kiechel, Jerry Lieblich, Rachel Music, Jeremy Wine

Directors: Jaki Bradley, Liz Carlson, Daniel Johnsen, Isaac Klein, Andrew Scoville, Jesse Thurston, Annie Tippe, Gabe Weissman

Cast: Willy Appelman*, Seth Clayton*+, Maxwell Eddy+, Lizzie Fox, Alex Grubbs, Daniel Johnsen*, Benjamin Katz+, Keilly McQuail+, Carolyn Mignini+, Kelly Rogers, Arielle Siegel*, Allison Smith*

*Member of Pipeline Ensemble | +Member of Actors Equity Association

This production is an AEA approved showcase.

Production Schedule:

One-Act Rehearsals: December 15 – January 13, 8 hours total
Company Rehearsals: January 8 and 9
Tech: January 14 and 15
Performances: January 16 – 18

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Join the #GivingTuesday Movement

This year, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will come together for #GivingTuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday season.

Last year, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. We invite you to join the movement and help us get out the give on December 2. Give a gift of any size to Pipeline on December 2 and we’ll give you two sweet sweet perks in return:

  • A very special personalized video from the members of the Pipeline ensemble
  • Advanced access to our very limited Matchstick Series tickets

You don’t have to be a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things. Join us on December 2 and help us work to make 2015 a little more extraordinary.

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Introducing: Matchstick Series

We are pleased to announce that this January 16-18, we’re presenting our inaugural Matchstick Series: Anywhere But Here, a night of short plays, each set in a different time and place, as imagined by the Pipeline PlayLab. The event will take place at The Red Room, a newly renovated prohibition era event space on E. 4th St. Mark your calendars now!

We’ve enlisted an out-of-this-world roster of directors to create these pieces with our playwrights. This includes:

Jaki Bradley
Liz Carlson
Daniel Johnsen
Isaac Klein
Andrew Scoville
Jesse Thurston
Annie Tippe
Gabriel Vega Weissman

You can learn more about each of our directors below, and more about our playwrights here.

Tickets for the Matchstick Series are extremely limited and won’t go on sale until mid December, but you can get early access to tickets by contributing to Pipeline this #GivingTuesday (December 2, 2014).

Meet Our Directors

Jaki Bradley is a Brooklyn-based director. Recent projects include GOOD MEN WANTED (Ars Nova, ANT Fest), A Scavenge (Williamstown) and What Every Girl Should Know (FringeNYC, TONY Critic’s Pick). She has also developed and presented work with The Public Theater, Naked Angels, and Atlantic Acting Studio. As an assistant/associate director, she has worked with Michael Greif, Daniel Aukin, Daniel Goldstein and Daniella Topol. Jaki has researched international theatrical traditions in Malaysia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and in Bulgaria as a part of the Rhodopi International Theatre Lab. She is a member of the Williamstown Directing Corps, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and an SDC fellow.

Liz Carlson is a freelance director and producer based in New York City, and the Artistic Director of Naked Angels. Her primary focus is the development of new plays and musicals. Liz has worked at Cape Cod Theater Project, Dallas Theatre Center, The Dramatists Guild, EST, The Flea, Keen Company, Manhattan School of Music, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, New York Stage & Film, Playwrights Horizons, The Playwrights Realm, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Signature Theatre Company, Studio 42, |the claque|, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and more. MFA: The New School for Drama. Alumna of The Drama League Directors Project.

Daniel Johnsen is a Pipeline founding ensemble member and Pipeline’s founding artistic director. Directing credits with Pipeline: Felix and the Diligence, Giant Killer Slugs, Psycho Beach Party, and The Love of the Nightingale.

Isaac Klein is a director and writer. He assistant directed the recent Broadway revivals of West Side Story and GYPSY. Recent directing: COLLAB 2014 [BAM]; Kooman & Dimond’s Still Not Famous [The York]; Nate Weida’s I’s Twinkle [Pipeline]; Kooman & Dimond’s Dani Girl [Exit, Pursued By A Bear, co-directed with Ed Iskandar]; Nate Weida’s Byuioo [Judson Church]; serials@theflea; Devin Preston’s See Jane Give Up Dick [NYC Fringe]; Pzazz 101 []. Recent writing: book and lyrics for Legend of The Word [The O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Abrons Arts Center, LPAC]; the prophecy of isaiah [Guild Hall]; currently writing a theater craft book with Gerald Freedman entitled The School of Doing. BFA: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Andrew Scoville is Brooklyn based theater director. He works mostly in creating original work and developing new plays. His original work is geared towards exploring the impact of technology on the human condition and works with programmers, coders and designers to utilize new technologies to tell his story. These types of works have been seen at 3LD Art and Technology Center, Ars Nova, Incubator Arts Project, and Joe’s Pub. He is co-founder/co-director of Fresh Ground Pepper, a not for profit arts organization that develops emerging artists through a series of developmental programs and artistic challenges. He works closely with director, Alex Timbers, most recently restaging Here Lies Love at The Public Theater in NY and The National Theater in London.

Jesse Thurston is an actor and director, newly relocated to New York from Chicago. He recently developed Steph Del Rosso’s play MixTape with Bookshop Workshops and directed Sarah Einspanier’s short play Duduk for the Samuel French OOB Festival. In Chicago, Jesse directed the world premiere production of Aaron Ricciardi’s new musical Teeny Travel Takes a Trip. He is a proud graduate of Northwestern.

Annie Tippe is a NY-based theater director and performer. Directing credits include Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet (The Bushwick Starr, 5-Star NYT Critics Pick), Aaron/Marie (with Rachel Chavkin, Under the Radar Incoming! Series; PRELUDE Festival; Ars Nova ANT Fest), I Heard Sex Noises (ANT Fest), DEBUTANTE. (Bernie Wohl Center; ANT Fest) and A Quiet Sip of Coffee (Wildside & Summerworks Festival, Canada). She was last seen performing in I’m Miserable but Change Scares Me (New Saloon). As an associate and assistant she has worked with directors John Tiffany, Rachel Chavkin and Bob Balaban. Williamstown Theater Directing Intern 2012.

Gabriel Vega Weissman is a New York based director and playwright. Gabriel has directed productions across New York as well as at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2014 he was a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. As assistant director his credits include numerous off-Broadway and regional productions as well as the 2013 Broadway revival of The Winslow Boy. His play Desire Under the MALMS won Best Play in the Secret Theatre’s one act play festival and he is currently at work on a new full length play and a pilot.

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Introducing the PlayLab Class of 2015

We are thrilled to introduce the PlayLab Class of 2015: Salty Brine, Colby Day, Sarah Einspanier, Adam Fried, Claire Kiechel, Jerry Lieblich, Rachel Music, and Jeremy Wine.

These eight emerging playwrights will each develop a one act play and a full length play with us over the course of this season.

Their plays will involve cave men, cruise ships, singing dogs, magic, mysteries, the ghost of Nikola Tesla, time travel, a whole lot of sex, electromagnetic experiments, and absolute insanity. This season will be anything but boring. Learn More

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The noir performance of a lifetime

Check out the latest Clown Bar review from The Gone Cat!


“…the noir performance of a lifetime.

“…the show bounds between the sinister, the sexy and straight-up hilarious.”

“Writer, Adam Szymkowicz, has created an ingenious narrative…”

“A wealth of distinct and perfectly executed clown characters…”

“The dialogue is peppered with brazenly silly gags delivered with razor sharp timing- somehow as the drama escalates, the funnier it seems and next thing you know you’re giggling to delirious effect in the middle of feuding shooters.”

Clown Bar is funny, disturbed, and it’s about weird enough to be one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long while.


Read the full review here!

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Joining the cast of Clown Bar this week…

This week, we’ve got another exciting addition to the Clown Bar cast. We’re all thrilled to welcome Jarrod Bates, who will be playing the role of Brian/Swing. Learn more about Jarrod below and check out some of our recent press.

Don’t forget to grab your tickets to one of our final 3 performances. Catch Clown Bar Saturdays at 7:30PM, through September 27 at The Box (189 Chrystie St.).


“Excellent…campy and clever…A charming indulgence, grab your best clown nose and catch this production before it packs back up into its clown car and zooms away.”Flavorpill, Editor’s Pick

“…Clown Bar’s charm, however — and many of its laughs — come from the sheer absurdity of this unorthodox genre blending…so sit back, put on your red nose, and let yourself laugh.”Theater is Easy


Jarrod-Bates-Headshot-(1)Jarrod Bates is an actor, comedian, and musician. Credits include Naked Holidays NYC and Vignettes for the Apocalypse (EndTimes); Hollywood! Hollywood! and Have You Tried Sexxx, Too? (Write Act Rep); and Shakespeare’s King John with Hudson Warehouse. He has also worked extensively with Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival, RAL Productions, and the Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble. Jarrod is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and studied improv with iO Chicago and the Annoyance.

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More shows. More clowns.

This just in! Clown Bar has been extended, yet again, by popular demand!

But wait…there’s more. Things just got bigger than ever before with the addition of 2 brand new clowns! Meet our new cast members below.

Tickets are now sale for 4 more performances, September 6-27. But supplies won’t last long! Get em while you can!

Meet Our New Clowns

KellyRogers2013Kelly Rogers hails from a small town near Charlotte, North Carolina — where clowns attack KKK rallies (yeah). She is thrilled to be working with Pipeline for the first time. She is also currently collaborating with Theatre Reconstruction Ensemble on their upcoming production, You On the Moors Now, premiering at HERE Arts Center in 2015.




emmatattenbaumfineEmma Tattenbaum-Fine is a comedian whose comedy has been featured on The Huffington Post,, Jezebel, BUST Magazine, Gawker; in Time Out NY and Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 in Tribeca. She has appeared on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, with Reggie Watts in a web series for JASH, on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party, and is a founding cast member of the musical sketch comedy group, Political Subversities.

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Be Part of the PlayLab Class of 2015

Through a year-long series of monthly meetings, the Pipeline PlayLab serves as a workshop for playwrights to build new plays with constructive feedback and readings with fellow writers, directors, and the artistic staff of Pipeline, culminating in a festival of readings at the end of the season.

In our first year of the PlayLab we developed and produced seven readings of brand new shows. Next season, we’ll meet with playwrights once a month, every second Sunday, from October to July. Playwrights commit to attending all meetings, one performance of each Pipeline mainstage, as well as readings of one another’s plays throughout the season.

How Will it Work?

In addition to our monthly meetings of the Lab, each playwright will be given a deadline (based on his/her own goals) to have a complete draft of the show, at which point playwrights will be paired with a director & producer to work with through the second half of the season. These creative teams will work together to develop the show with closed-door readings and dramaturgical work, culminating in producing a reading as part of Pipeline’s PlayLab Series at the end of our season (June 20-27, 2015).


Applications for the PlayLab are now open! To participate please send the following as a single .pdf file by Monday September 1, 2014:

  • Your Resume
  • Your Bio
  • A brief cover letter about your proposed play, how it fits Pipeline’s mission (see below), and what you’d want to tackle with a season of dramaturgical support
  • The play you’re submitting (if you have a draft; if not, send us a different full-length writing sample along with a paragraph synopsis or whatever you currently have of your proposed project)

Send these all to with the subject line: 2015 PlayLab Submission by September 1! (Be sure to name your file in the following format: [LASTNAME_Playlab2015])

The Class of 2014 Says:

“Pipeline’s Playlab provides writers with a gift that is often (sadly) elusive in a city so large — a community in which to work that is simultaneously stress-free and driven, comfortable yet focused. Feedback from the company members involved and from the other writers in the group was instrumental in making Optimism, Or what it is today, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for a thing. Apply apply apply. Apply. Apply. These people are some smart cookies.” – A.P. Andrews, Optimism, Or

“The capable artistic staff of the Pipeline PlayLab are truly passionate about new plays and the people who write them. Their feedback and support – along with the inspiring work of my amazing PlayLab colleagues – allowed my work to grow in ways I never could have anticipated. I’ll carry this experience with me forever.” – Jessica Fleitman, Show of Hands

“Pipeline’s PlayLab is a terrific incubator for new work. They provided me and my fellow playwrights with an environment where I felt safe to share raw pages, but also gave me the challenges and support I needed to craft a brand new play. Pipeline has an ear for unique voices, and brought together such an exciting group of emerging playwrights that I was always thrilled to show up to meetings and hear what was going to be read. I wish could write everything this way.” – Scott McCarrey, The Mystery of Fucking

Our Mission:

Pipeline makes theater of the imagination. Our company thrives on adventure and believes no story is worth telling without a little risk. We love our villains as much as our heroes, especially in those puzzling moments when we can’t quite tell them apart. Above all, we aim to leave you with stories that stick somewhere in your heart, your brain, or your guts.

Important Dates:

Meeting Dates: Sunday October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14th, July 12

Reading Dates: Saturday July 20-27, Times TBD.


Ask our artistic team: Colby (, Jessika (

All playwrights will be notified by September 30, 2014.

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Join the Clown Bar Team!

Pipeline Theatre Company is currently seeking a LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR and PRODUCTION INTERN to join their running crew for Clown Bar. Interested candidates must be available to train on July 26 and August 2 and to join the production on August 9, 16, and 23, all dates 4PM-11PM. Candidates should also have an interest in continuing to work on the production Saturdays through September.

The LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR must have a basic working electrical knowledge and will be responsible for running electrical checks before each performance and for operating the light board during each performance. Experience operating a HOG is preferred but not required. There is a small stipend available for this position.

The PRODUCTION INTERN must be highly organized and will be responsible for assisting with setup and breakdown for each performance and working with the deck stage manager and deck chief backstage during performances (duties including but not limited to running props, executing deck cues, and operating a spotlight). This is a volunteer position.

Pipeline’s original production of Clown Bar in April 2013 was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick and was extended twice by popular demand. The new Off Broadway production at legendary theater of varieties The Box is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed and sold out run and has already been extended once.

Mary Notari of said of Clown Bar, “…the team responsible for the choreography, design, and stage management should be hired by everyone for everything all the time immediately.” This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a top notch team, to work for an award winning theater company on a critically acclaimed production, and to get to know the inner workings of a legendary theater.

To apply, please send resume and short letter of interest to


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