The New Clowns in Town

This summer, Clown Bar returns with a cast full of our old favorites, as well as some thrilling new additions! Take a peek!

The Clown Bar Cast:

Willy Appelman*
Ian Axness
Salty Brine
Andrew Farmer
Jessica Frey
Daniel Johnsen*
Ben Langhorst
Michael Lorz
Iris McQullian-Grace
Cyndi Perczek
Claire Rothrock
Gianmarco Soresi
Dan Tracy*
Amir Wachterman
Eric Williams
Shane Zeigler*

*Pipeline Theatre Company Ensemble Members

Learn more about all the new clowns below!

Can’t wait until Clown Bar arrives? Well we’re doing readings of Nate Weida’s epic opera, I’s Twinkle, all April long. Our final readings are April 19 and 27. Click here to RSVP.

Meet the New Clowns

Flannel_Street_JPEG_8749Ben Langhorst (Thumbs Understudy)
Ben Langhorst is a drama major, studying acting at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School (PHTS), at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Previous credits at NYU include Three Sisters, Measure for Measure, Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, The Twisted State, as well as Uncle Giff’s Christmas Special and The Museum is Closed for a Private Function, original works created at PHTS. In his final semester this fall, Ben will be workshopping his own original musical, Life and Other Variations.




Michael_webMichael Lorz (Swing)
Michael Lorz recently graduated from NYU – CAP21. Previous credits include NYMF’s Swiss Family Robinson, FringeNYC’s America’s Breath of Fresh Air, and the BASiC Theatre Company’s Gross Indecency. He also has done his fair share of children’s theatre with Making Books Sing, which has really prepared him for the G-Rated nature of Clown Bar





Iris_webIris McQuillan-Grace (Swing)
Iris McQuillan-Grace is an actor and teaching artist. She has a BA from Emerson College and an MFA from the New School for Drama. In NYC she has worked with NYTW, EST/Youngblood, HERE arts, New Georges, Tiny Rhino, Naked Angels and now, with the fantastic cast and crew of Clown Bar! She also is a volunteer for Co/Lab a group dedicated to drama outreach for the developmentally disabled. Upcoming roles: Lucetta in Two Gentleman of Verona ( Shakespeare on the Sound).




Cyndi_Perczek_headshotCyndi Perczek (Popo)
Cyndi Perczek is delighted to join the cast of Clown Bar. Recent credits include: Plum de Force (Bushwick Starr), Onthefloor (Ace Hotel), Drunkfish Oceanrant (JACK, Dixon Place), Without Me (BAX), War Lesbian (Prelude Festival), Political Subversities (The PIT, UCBT, Ars Nova). She is a member of The Dance Cartel, Political Subversities and regularly performs with Haruna Lee. She also teaches preschool and creative drama in Brooklyn. Education: BFA-NYU- ETW, MS-EDU THTR-CCNY.




Gianmarco_webGianmarco Soresi (Swing)
Gianmarco Soresi is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer. Recent film credits include Small Miracles (Starring Judd Hirsch), Blue Bloods (CBS), Stalked (Investigation Discovery), and a PNC bank commercial in which he wore a full-body dog costume for the entire two-day shoot. Onstage, he performed in the the New York premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Odile’s Ordeal (Drama Book Shop After Hours Series), a 100-person Spoon River (Columbia Stages) and I Wish You a Boat (Ward Studio Company). He has performed stand-up at Caroline’s Comedy, The Metropolitan Room and UCB.




imageEric Williams (Swing)
Eric Williams’ New York theater credits includes From Rodgers to Heart at Joe’s Pub (Sutton Foster, dir.), Ghost of Dracula (FringeNYC), BYUIOO (Pipeline Theater Co.), The Berenstain Bears Live! (Off-Broadway/National Tour), and Toe Pick! (Ars Nova). He also recently appeared in the film Fantastic Adventures of Foolish Gentleman. BFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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A Novel and a Play, 12 Years in the Making

WeidaThe workshop reading presentations of Nate Weida’s I’s Twinkle kick off this Sunday, so we took a moment to catch up with Nate and learn a little more about his epic opera and other upcoming Nate Weida projects.

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?

Nate Weida: I’s Twinkle was written both as novel and a performance piece. What you will see in this development is my collaboration with Isaac Klein, and others, to translate the novel into a palatable performance. 

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play? Why?

NW: I’ve been thinking about I’s Twinkle and working on it for the last twelve years. I was inspired by a lot of different classic literary works I love, Dante’s Divine Comedy most particularly, and wanted to explore my own artistic journey through an homage to those forms.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?

NW: Writing is exciting, but nothing compares to the thrill of seeing and hearing these amazing artists bring it to life!

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.

NW: A writer creates a character who creates a writer who creates a character.

PTC: Are you working on anything else?

NW: I’m working on moving and planning a wedding to my beautiful bride Alicen Hubert! Whoo! And crafting new hit tunes with my band Great Dog Almighty.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:

NW: I’s Twinkle is mostly autobiographical. I answered all these questions by myself. I once covered my naked friend in olive oil, in a platonic way.

PTC: What’s next for you?

NW: The children’s musical Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk, which I’m writing with Emil McGloin and another season with the foster care program at The Possibility Project.

Nate’s I’s Twinkle will be presented on April 13, 19, and 27 at the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church. Seating is limited, so click here to make your reservation today. This reading is presented as part of the Pipeline PlayLab. 

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The Clowns Are Back

This Summer, Clown Bar returns (watch video) to the Lower East Side with more artillery, more music, and more shots of extra funny.

Join us at our Gala on March 27 for the world premier of brand new, never before heard music from the show.

In honor of this big announcement, we’re taking $5 off silver ticket entry. For the next 24 hours, enter the code clownbar and get tickets as low as $15. Offer expires at 1PM EDT on March 21. Get your tickets now.

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Introducing Our 2014 Silent Auction

Come to our Annual Gala on March 27 and have the chance to go home with any of the following STUPENDOUS, FANTABULOUS, REMARKABLE, absolutely MAGNIFICENT items.

Tix & Info

Class at Brooklyn Brainery

Looking to brush up on literally anything under the sun? Brooklyn Brainery is your one stop shop for classes in anything and everything. A smattering of their current offerings includes Our Zombies, Our Selves; Shibori Tie-Dye; The Art of Great Sex; Obamacare and Me in NYC; Presentation Skills; Intro to Jewelry Making; and much much much more.

Value: $40

 GMAT, GRE or LSAT Prep Course

Going back to school? Get the preparation you need from Manhattan Prep! Their comprehensive approach and incredible teachers will help you get the score you want. Choose from GMAT, GRE, or LSAT prep course!

Value: Up to $1590

 The Getaway of your Choosing

A 7 night stay in an RCI Time Share– this can be used for a gorgeous 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom suite in Puerto Villarta that features it’s very own kitchen and sleeps up to 6 people. Or, trade it in for a suite anywhere else in the world with over 14,000 locations to choose from! RCI is the world’s largest and most experienced vacation exchange company, and can help you find the best trip for you!

Value: $1,250

 $200 Bar Tab

Two $100 bar tabs at one of Gramercy’s best dive bars: No Idea. Steps from Union Square, this bar features friendly bartenders, a jukebox, exposed brick, and everything you need to play beer pong!  Trust us, $200 here is going to get you and your friends quite a long way…

Value: $200

A Night’s Stay at Gild Hall

Stay in one of the Thompson Hotel’s coziest spots: Gild Hall!  Enjoy one night’s luxurious stay in a King Premium room featuring LCD TV, iPod dock, soaring 12 foot ceilings with an antique brass chandelier and marble bathrooms (the terry cloth robe is awaiting your arrival!)

Value: $299

 WunderWurks Vase

WunderWurks creates hand-crafted design from alternative materials. Tony Wurman is the founder and artist behind the Wunderwurks Design studio in New York City. Wurman is a classically trained industrial designer and glass blower. The tall Jupiter vase is art and alchemy combined to yield objects with the luminescence and reflective qualities of glass, but with the resilience and flexibility of rubber.

Value: $156

 Signed Copy of The Room DVD

This copy of cult classic The Room is signed by  Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero.  Steve Rose, of The Guardian UK states “To make a movie that’s so bad it’s good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room‘s writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent.” And, yes, this means you and your friends can play The Room drinking game at home literally whenever you want.

Value: Probably $1 million dollars

 Roomsies Fan Pack

So you love Pipeline members Jenny & Meagan, and their webseries Roomsies?  Have we got the package for you!  This pack includes: an autographed “Titanic” portrait of Andrew Farmer, a tiny Heart of the Ocean necklace, a Ticket to the Season Premiere Party, and a one-of-a-kind VIP Roomsies experience that you’ll have to see to believe!

Value: $75

And so very much more. Get your tickets today!

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Join us for our 3rd annual Gala

Join us March 27 at the Park (118 10th Ave, NYC) for our third annual gala. Purchase your tickets here

Silver Supporter

Join us at 8:30pm for live music, dessert, and a silent action.

$20 advance/$25 door 
Entry & drink ticket for one

$30 advance/$35 door
Entry & open bar for one

Gold Sponsor

Join us at 7pm for a special toast to our fifth season & an intimate preview of three upcoming projects:

$150 advance only
Entry & open bar for one

$500 advance only
Entry & open bar for four


Photo by Ahron R. Foster from Clown Bar (2013)

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Seeking Assistant Director and Stage Manager

We are currently seeking an assistant director and stage manager to aide in the development of Nate Weida’s epic three-part musical, I’s Twinkle, directed by Isaac Klein. I’s Twinkle will be developed through a workshop process throughout March and April, culminating in a series of readings in April.

Workshop rehearsals will begin on or around March 17 and will take place six days a week. Public reading presentations will take place April 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Both our assistant director and stage manager will be required to be present at:

  • 2-3 extensive, in-person discussions prior to the commencement of rehearsals
  • All rehearsals, invited presentations, and talk backs
  • All public presentations

Click here to download full Assistant Director job description

Click here to download full Stage Manager job description

To apply for either position, email resume and short letter of interest to .

More About this Project

I’s Twinkle is an epic poem modeled after Dante’s Divine Comedy in its three parts, telling the story of a young man growing up in Reconstruction Era America—an artist figure who travels from the South northward. The style of the work gradually progresses from an epic poem to a play to a folk opera. It incorporates elements of New York and American history, mythology, philosophy, and theology. Whereas Dante’s Divine Comedy leads its protagonist on a spiritual journey, I’s Twinkle is an artistic one, chronicling the punishments and rewards of a life set towards the arts. Listen to the music here.

This workshop is part of the Pipeline PlayLab. 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, culminating in staged readings of the developed plays.

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The Biggest, Bravest, Bestest Play

DayThe workshop reading presentation of Colby Day’s The Great Molly is less than two weeks away, so we took a moment to catch up with Colby and learn a little bit more about this big magical play and other big magical Colby Day creations.

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?

Colby Day: I think it’s the biggest, bravest, bestest play I’ve written so far. It’s about magic and deception and regret and loneliness and all those things. Come see it.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play? Why?

CD: I wrote the first scene back in 2012 initially as a stand-alone piece for Pipeline’s Brave New Worksand then realized I wanted to know what would happen with this aspiring magician. At that point, the entire trajectory kind of popped into my head, which never really happens, so I knew I had to write it. I think I was interested in trying to write something on a large scale, with an epic scope. The show takes place over about ten years, and the thought of writing a serious, very American drama was really exciting. Plus, you know, magic.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?

CD: This is my first “straight play,” and I use that term lightly because it’s really half a play, half a magic show. But it’s the first full-length theater piece I’ve written that isn’t a comedy, and that’s been both exciting and terrifying. It’s incredibly sincere, like everything I try to write, but sincerity is a lot scarier when there aren’t jokes. It’s exciting to work on something that really speaks from the heart, and gets to do that with people disappearing and all sorts of other crazy magic.

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.

CD: The evil ghost of a magician is exorcised onstage.

PTC: Are you working on anything else? What?

CD: Right now, I’m writing a western about a bandit named Lilly, which has been a fun way to take a break from this show. It’s been interesting because even though it’s a comedy with songs, I think it ends up dealing with a lot of the same thematic elements.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:

CD: I first came to New York for a lady, I had a small part in a local magic show from the ages of 7-9, I once had to be rescued by a float plane.

PTC: What’s next for you?

CD: I’m going to be a part of The In-Between People‘s In-Between the Lines workshop, where I’ll be presenting some version of Everything Flashes, a guided tour of a woman’s memories that I’ve been working on. It’s a really strange experience and I’d love to hear what people think. That will be Friday March 21st. You can hear about that and everything else I’m up to if you like my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter.

Colby’s The Great Molly will be presented on Sunday, February 9, at 1PM at the Tank. Seating is limited, so make your reservation today by emailing This reading is presented as part of the Pipeline PlayLab.

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You Shop. Amazon Donates.

Pipeline is now an Amazon Smile supported nonprofit! What does that mean? It means you can now support Pipeline at no extra cost to you when you shop Amazon. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click here to designate Pipeline as the charity you would like to support. This preference will be saved for future purchases.
  2. From now on visit for all your Amazon shopping needs (it’s exactly the same, we swear!)
  3. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase every time you shop at no extra cost to you!

It’s that simple. You shop —> Amazon Donates —> Pipeline does magic things.

Interested in supporting Pipeline directly? Swell! Click here to learn how to give a gift to Pipeline.

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Meet Molly, she’s great!

Please join us on Sunday, February 9, for a very special reading presentation of Colby Day’s The Great Molly, directed by Tom Costello. This reading is presented as part of the inaugural season of the Pipeline PlayLab.

The Great Molly

by Colby Day*
directed by Tom Costello*

Sunday, February 9 | 1:00PM
The Tank | 151 W. 46th St, NYC | $10 suggested donation

Willy Appelman*, Jessica Frey, Daniel Johnsen*, Ben Katz, Katelyn Manfre*, Moti Margolin, Sydney Matthews*, Sean McIntyre, Alex Malcolm Mills

*Pipeline Theatre Company ensemble member


Half magic show, half play, The Great Molly follows a young Molly Mackenzie on her quest to become the world’s greatest magician. When her idol, The Great Algiers, takes his own life, she steals his miraculous top hat and famous name, leaving behind everything she knows and loves to follow her dream. As she struggles to the top, Molly battles her haunted past for success, happiness, and her very safety. After years on the road, Molly must return home for one final performance, to confront her demons and exorcise the ghosts that threaten her life.

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NYSCA Just Gave Us a Lovely Christmas Gift

nysca_logoWe are very pleased to announce that earlier this week we were awarded a $3,000 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Not only will this funding go a long way in supporting this season’s programming, it also marks a very important milestone for Pipeline. This is our first public funding and, now with New York State’s stamp of approval, we are sure this is just the beginning.

NYSCA works with partners in state government to broaden the impact and advancement of arts, culture, and heritage activities throughout the Empire State. According to NYSCA, Pipeline’s work is vitally important to the community development, economic, tourism, and education benefits that are a result of investment of public funds in arts, culture, and heritage programming.

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