Win These Fabulous Auction Prices at the Pipeline Gala

We have a whole lot in store for you at our upcoming Gala on June 3 including open bar, brunch, heartwarming speeches, and sweeping performances. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

Join us at our annual gala and you’ll have the chance to go home with absolutely fabulous auction prizes including VIP tickets to Phantom of the Opera on Broadway (with backstage tour!), a private composing lesson with Beardo‘s Dave Malloy, an exclusive tour of New York Public Radio studios, and so much more. Scroll down to learn more and get your tickets today!

One 1-Hour Composing Lesson with Dave Malloy | Value: Priceless
Dave Malloy, the genius mind behind the music for last season’s Beardo and Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 will teach you to compose! Can you imagine a better instructor? We certainly can’t. You’ll meet with Dave in person for a one-hour session. Dave is able to specialize the lesson to your skill level, but this is experience is best suited for an individual with some composition background, even if you’ve only written a song or two.

Four Night Mountain Escape in Napanoche, NY | Value: $800
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a four night cabin stay on a beautiful hillside. Just a two-hour drive from the city, you’ll enjoy mountains, sunset views, open meadow, woods and nearby hikes, farms stands, and antique stores. Dogs are welcome – great for cookouts! Ready for some peace and quiet? We’ve got it for you.

Two VIP Tickets to Phantom of the Opera on Broadway wit Backstage Tour | Value: Priceless
Phantom Broadway is the musical all others are measured against. The timeless story, the unforgettable score, and an undeniable obsession that could never die. Phantom is now in its 30th glorious year on Broadway, is the winner of 70 major theatre awards, and has been seen by more than 140 million people. This package comes with two VIP tickets to the show, plus an exclusive backstage tour lead by cast member Maree Johnson (Madame Giry).

Exclusive Tour for Two of New York Public Radio | Value: Priceless
New York Public Radio is home to three of the country’s leading public radio stations – WNYC FM, WNYC AM and WQXR FM – as well as New Jersey Public Radio and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the home of popular podcasts, including 2 Dope Queens, RadioLab, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Death, Sex, & Money, Snap Judgement, and Freakonomics Radio.

Exclusive Tour of Li-Lac Chocolates’ Brooklyn Factory and Gift Basket | Value: $1100
Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house, in operation since 1923. They make old-world artisan chocolate in small batches for exceptional quality and superior taste – using original recipes, time-honored techniques, and quality ingredients. Their selection of fresh chocolate – more than 120 items – is one of the largest selections of fresh gourmet chocolate in America. Every delicious item is made by hand, locally in New York City, and guaranteed for freshness. This package comes with a VIP tour of the Li-Lac Chocolate factory in Brooklyn for up to 8 people, plus the coveted NYC Chocolate Gift Basket (weighing in at just over 3.5 pounds, also from Li-Lac).

Dinner and a Show for Two at 54 Below | Value: $300 
Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, offers an unforgettable New York nightlife experience, combining performances by Broadway’s best with world class dining in an elegant setting. Steps from Times Square, the club is known as Broadway’s living room, a home away from home for Broadway professionals and audiences alike. With pre-theatre dinner offered nightly from 5pm, Feinstein’s/54 Below has set a new culinary standard for New York City entertainment venues.

Two Tickets to Atlantic’s This Ain’t No Disco | Value: $200
Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag. This Ain’t No Disco is an electrifying new musical from co-creator of the cult rock phenomenon Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stephen Trask, along with Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers), directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Anastasia).

Two VIP Tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway | Value: $400
Kinky Boots is the winner of every major best musical award, including the Tony and Grammy and London’s Olivier Award. Featuring 16 original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell, this joyous sensation “struts its stuff with sparkles, stilettos, and heart!” (Sydney Morning Herald). There’s never been a better time to experience Kinky Boots, Broadway’s “dazzling, sassy, and uplifting” (Time Out London) smash!

5 Vinyl Box Sets from Sony Legacy | Value: Approx $200
This package is made specially for the music lover. This includes 5 vinyl box sets from our friends at Sony Legacy: Johnny Cash / At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition (5LP); Bruce Springsteen / The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996 (10LP); Jeff Buckley / Live at Sin-e: Legacy Edition (4LP); Miles Davis & John Coltrane / The Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960 (1LP); and Bob Dylan / Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 1979-1981 (4LP).

Pair of VIP Tickets to Aladdin on Broadway | Value: $400
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” Aladdin on Broadway features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).

New York Theatre Workshop Full Season Membership (2018-2018 Season) | Value: $325
New York Theatre Workshop is in its fourth decade of providing a home to artists to hone their creative voice, a space for them to develop their projects, and a platform to produce groundbreaking work. This full season membership entitles you to one ticket to each production in their upcoming 2018-2019 season of which, which includes What the Constitution Means to Me, Slave Play, Hurricane Diane, Sanctuary City, and a new project from Anna Deavere Smith.

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Brunch with these Remarkable Performers

We are pleased to announce an exciting update to this year’s Gala program. The Gala will now begin at 12PM (a change from the previously announced 7:30PM) and we’ll be serving you up a boozy jazz brunch.

We can’t wait spend this summer Sunday with you. There will be uplifting speeches, extravagant prizes, and sweeping performances from some of NYC’s boldest and bravest emerging voices. Exactly who are we talking about? Scroll down to learn about this year’s remarkable performer line-up.

Hosted By
SALTY BRINE

Salty Brine is a New York-based performer, playwright, and award-winning cabaret artist. He is the creative force behind The Living Record Collection, a series of cabaret performances built around popular albums. Select theater credits: The Elementary Spacetime Show (César Alvarez, Philly Fringe), Clown Bar (Pipeline, The Box), Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE). Salty is currently writing librettos for two musicals in collaboration with composer Alan Menken. He is a member of the faculty at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, NYU. He is an alum of the Pipeline PlayLabwww.thesaltiestbrine.com

 

 

 

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Some New Faces on the Pipeline Artistic Team

We are currently accepting applications for our PlayLab Class of 2019 (deadline: April 30, 11:59PM). Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to the impassioned group of artists who will be leading the PlayLab, and all artistic development efforts at Pipeline, next season. Each of these astounding individuals have meticulous dramaturgical minds, are ferocious advocates for new plays and emerging artists, and are accomplished and visionary theatre-makers. We cannot wait to dive head first into another year of wild and impossible playmaking with these bold and brilliant creative leaders.

TOM COSTELLO
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Tom joined the artistic team as Director of Artistic Development in June 2016. Since that time, Tom has been the primary leader of the PlayLab and a key voice in play curation and development at Pipeline. In this new role, Tom will continue to lead the PlayLab and will work side by side with the Artistic Director to develop opportunities for emerging artists, curate future seasons, and rigorously pursue the company’s mission. Tom is a New York-based director originally from Ithaca. With Pipeline, he directed Bubble and Squeak by Evan Twohy, Shakespeare the Dead by Alex Mills, Sleepless City by Tim Chawaga and most recently co-directed, with Jaki Bradley, the 2018 PlayLab‘s Corpse Backpack. Tom was also a 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow at the Hangar Theatre, is an Associate Artist at the Flea Theater, and spent three years working with Dramatic Adventure Theatre, bringing theater artists to teach acting in underserved communities in Ecuador and Slovakia and to devise work based on their travels. At the Atlantic Acting School he is a faculty member where he has directed many productions including Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play. He has studied film at Prague’s FAMU school and holds a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch.

PHILIP SANTOS SCHAFFER
LITERARY & COMMUNITY MANAGER
Philip originally joined the Pipeline staff as Marketing & Development Assistant in June 2017. Over his year working with Pipeline, Philip has also assisted the artistic team in play reading and reporting, and worked as a dramaturg in several workshops for the PlayLab Class of 2018. In his new role on the artistic team, he will coordinate the reading of all script submissions, coordinate and participate in the curation of future seasons, and serve as a mentor for the PlayLab Class of 2019. Philip is a multidisciplinary theatre artist and producer and is currently pursuing his MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University. Dramaturgy credits include: River Rouge (Andy Boyd, Columbia University), Wonder/Wander (Nana Dankin, Columbia University), and Undeclared History (Isaac Rathbone, Hofstra University). Producing and associate producing credits include Between the Seas, The Anthropologists Save the World!, and Burning the Living. Playwriting credits include A PLAY ABOUT DREW CAREY (WalkUpArts, 2016), Genius Inc. (The Segal Center, 2016), and SMALL PLAYS FOR GIANTS – a five play series of highly interactive solo performances produced by WalkUpArts between February and July of 2018. Philip is an artistic associate and associate archivist with The Living Theatre, and one fourth of the artistic team behind WalkUpArts, which he co-founded in 2013.

AMY GIJSBERS VAN WIJK
MANAGER OF ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
Amy first began working with Pipeline as a member of our PlayLab Class of 2018, where she is currently developing her play, feminine octagon. In her new role on the artistic team, she will lead the coordination of PlayLab meetings, workshops, readings, and retreats, participate in the curation of future seasons, and serves as a mentor for the PlayLab Class of 2019. Amy is a queer, first-generation American playwright (and sometimes performer) from Pasadena, TX, now based in Brooklyn, NY. She has been a finalist for PlayPenn, and a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the O’Neill Conference (all 2016). She is currently a member of The Tank’s pilot writing group, an affiliate of The Beehive Collective, and was one of five makers selected for the inaugural Sequin Makers Retreat. Her work has been supported by the HBMG Foundation residency, the PearlDiving Movement residency, and the Rosen Fellowship. Her plays have been seen/heard at Theatre for A New City, Dixon Place, The Tank, The Cherry Lane with Primary Stages/ESPA, and with companies such as Red Caravan, Stable Cable Lab Co, New Light Theatre Project, and Upstream Artists Collective, and published by Routledge. Amy has previously worked at Houston Public Radio as a News Lab Intern, made theatre for virtual reality with an Oculus Rift, and written a play for a robot named Herb (which she wrote for American Theatre magazine). BA, Brooklyn College. MFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Announcing Playing Hot!

We are thrilled to announce that our 2019 mainstage production will be the world premiere of Playing Hot, presented as part of our 10th anniversary season. Set within a brassy dance hall, Playing Hot deconstructs the incredible story of the birth of jazz in New Orleans. Retracing the rise and fall of Buddy Bolden, the little-known trumpeter who pioneered the radical sound that would become America’s Art Form, the show is neither biography nor period piece, neither play nor musical, but an explosive and innovative theatrical event in the style of jazz. Fueled by a live brass band, Buddy’s legend and infectious songs are conjured to life, riffing on history and pop culture the same way his music riffed on the notes.

A special sneak peek of Playing Hot will be presented at our upcoming Gala on June 3, 2018 at (le) poisson rouge. Gala attendees will get an exclusive first look at performances from Playing Hot, as well as additional extra special performances from bold and brilliant Pipeline artists of past, present, and future. Tickets to the event are available now and are limited. Snatch ’em up today!

Pipeline first staged a one-night-only developmental production of Playing Hot in June 2016. Today, as we announce this momentous step for Pipeline and this project, we would like to express our gratitude to the artists involved in that pivotal workshop: Trevor Bachman, Josh Bonzie, Christopher Bowser*, Sarafina Bush, Fernando Contreras*, Ben Fichthorn, Andrew Halchak, Dante Jeanfelix, Roi King, Emma Meltzer, Aidan Zev Meyer, Cristina Pitter*, Monique St. Cyr, Jason Warley, Khrys Williams.

Developed in consultation with James Williams and the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys (Edwin Brown, Miles Lyons, Joshua “Jams” Marotta).

Meet Our Artists

Kevin Armento‘s plays include Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Drama Desk Nomination, Stage Edinburgh Award), Good Men Wanted (New York Stage and Film), Companion Piece (Pleasance Theatre), Balls (co-written with Bryony Lavery, One Year Lease/Stages Repertory Theatre, 59E59 Theaters), and Devil with the Blue Dress (Bunker Theatre). His work has been produced and developed with Arena Stage, Ars Nova, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Dixon Place, The Flea, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, The New Ohio, and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among others. He is an alum of The Working Farm at SPACE, Artist-in-Residence at The Drama League, and Play Group and Makers Lab at Ars Nova, where he is currently under commission. www.kevinarmento.com

 

 

Jaki Bradley is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects: Good Men Wanted (NY Stage and Film), Breeders (NLTP, TONY Critic’s Pick), Mama Metallica (Denver Center New Play Summit), and Playing Hot (Gym at Judson/Ars Nova). She has developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Goodspeed Musicals, Arena Stage, Ars Nova, EST and The Flea. As an associate, she worked with Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, Lisa Peterson and Daniel Aukin. She is a member of the Civilians R&D Group, and a former Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova, Drama League Artist-in-Residence, member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar. www.jakibradley.com

 

 

Marcus Miller began his studies in saxophone at age nine and, with the help of World Renown Saxophonist Bruce Williams (Roy Hargrove, World Saxophone Quartet), he developed a passion that put him on stage professionally at 13. Marcus has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jon Batiste, Carnegie Hall, and has recorded with Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder. With gifts extending beyond music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics and speaks regularly about the relationship between math and music at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. His mission is to shed light on the close relationship between the artistic and technical imagination. www.marcustheartyst.com

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Save the Date for Our 2018 Gala: June 3

Mark your calendars now! Join Pipeline Theatre Company and an army of the boldest young minds in New York City theater for a magical celebration. Help us honor our growing community of adventurous artists and raise funds for our landmark 10th season. Tickets on sale soon, subscribe to our email list for up to the minute announcements.

Sunday, June 3
(le) poisson rouge | 158 Bleecker St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Marcus Middleton. Design by Brendan Dalton.

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Calling All Big Dreamers: Be Part of the PlayLab Class of 2019

Now entering it’s sixth year, through a year-long series of monthly meetings, the PlayLab serves as a developmental process for playwrights to build new plays with constructive feedback from fellow writers, directors, and the artistic staff of Pipeline.

Each PlayLab playwright will develop one full-length play over the course of our 10th season (July 2018-June 2019) to be presented in our Week of Extraordinary Risk reading series in June 2019.

In line with our vision, we are looking for artists who are excited to collaborate with Pipeline and fellow playwrights in developing plays that create imaginative new worlds and use bold and inventive methods to transport audiences. We like big dreamers, working to figure out a project in the earliest stages of incubation. We want to make something from scratch with you, so are interested in hearing about your spark of an impossible idea that we can help you grow into a big courageous new play.

Plays developed through our PlayLab have gone on to receive awards from the Kennedy Center, have been included on the Kilroys List, and have been produced at theaters across the country.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2018, 11:59PM ET. Info & Guidelines

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Spotlight on Nicole Weiss

Over fifty ferociously imaginative emerging artists are working together to bring our world premiere of Folk Wandering roaring into reality. Throughout the run of the show (until March 25!), we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these artists. 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 Nicole Weiss, who plays the dual roles of Norma and Sadie.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets to our final weekend of performances today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What first attracted you to Folk Wandering? What made you want to work on this project?
Nicole Weiss: I started working on this project about 7 years ago, when it was being developed for a reading at Soho Rep. I had seen Neisler and Jaclyn’s work and been like HOW CAN I GET IN ON THAT. I had also worked with my dear friend and one of the composers, Mike Brun, before, and was anxious to do so again. I had been a lifelong fan of musical theatre, but always felt a little bit on the outside of it, like I was too weird or specific to participate in the majority of mainstream musical theatre, but I knew that something with folk music written by sing-songwriters like myself would be something I could feel at home in. Similar to the characters, I felt that I was searching for something outside of myself to make me feel at home, but I had all along the thing (the weirdness, the specificity) that was home – “All I need for my wandering soul are the things I’ve already found.” At the risk of sounding even more sentimental and cheesy, I feel that Folk Wandering is one of the great loves of my life, and she has been away for a while and I’ve been longing for her to return to me, and here she is, and my heart is bursting. I haven’t loved a project like this before and I’m not sure I will again <3

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
NW: I relate to the bigness of the dreams. These characters dream so big despite their circumstances, and I have always related to any story that captures that. As rude a comparison as this might be, all of the artists in New York City are big dreamers by nature, overcoming something or many things to survive here for the sake of their art, which is their great love – or mine at least.  My grandparents survived the Holocaust and came here to give their children and grandchildren a better life, and here I am doing it, making art about survivors living the American Dream. It’s not perfect or romantic, but it’s possible. I think The American Dream is just that – to dream – and all of these characters are inhabiting that so fully.

PTC: Tell us about your character in Folk Wandering.
NW: I play Norma Pancakes and Sadie Fabrisio. I think Norma’s name says it all – Norma is the firey and, dare I say, SEXUAL “owner, proprietor, head waitress, and line cook” of Norma’s diner – THE diner in Sweetser, Indiana, 1955. She is famous for her Double Maple syrup that she invented – she essentially runs Sweetser. I imagine Norma to be a feminist pioneer of this small town – first woman owner of commercial property, first woman to become famous for her business. She is deeply invested in everyone and everything in Sweetser. Of the Fabricio daughters, Sadie is the eldest, and the one who Does Everything Right – she works at the factory, doesn’t complain, is ready to get married and start a family. Her big dream is to be a true American and have a big American-Italian family of her own. I love Sadie because she is unapologetic in her love for America and her family.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
NW: REALLY GOOD FOLK MUSICAL. or SO MUCH CRYING. just kidding plz ignore these answers.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
NW: I wore a tiara everyday to Kindergarten. Honestly that’s all I got.


Folk Wandering runs through this Sunday, March 25. Get your tickets today!

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Spotlight on Anna Aschliman

Over fifty ferociously imaginative emerging artists are working together to bring our world premiere of Folk Wandering roaring into reality. Throughout the run of the show (until March 25!), we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these artists. 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 our assistant stage manager, Anna Aschliman.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets to performances February 23 – March 25 today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What first attracted you to Folk Wandering? What made you want to work on this project?
Anna Aschliman: I’ve worked with Andrew Neisler before and had heard him talking about the show, so when I got the opportunity to jump aboard, I took it!

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
AA: The unknown of what the future holds. 

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
AA: Look at alllllll these props!

PTC: What first attracted you to stage management?
AA: I did crew in high school, and was given the opportunity at 17 to do a program at Northwestern where I stage managed a show for the first time, and fell in love. 

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
AA: I want to visit every continent, and I want to scuba in a glacier in Antarctica.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
AA: I was a debutante in Wisconsin, I was chased for a half mile by a duck in Germany after yelling “You are a duck” at it in German, I have been to every country in Scandinavia.


Folk Wandering is just opened and is running through March 25. Tickets are now available to all performances. Get your tickets today!

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Spotlight on Jenny Beth Snyder

Over fifty ferociously imaginative emerging artists are working together to bring our world premiere of Folk Wandering roaring into reality. Throughout the run of the show (until March 25!), we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these artists. 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 our miraculous production manager, Jenny Beth Snyder.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets to performances February 23 – March 25 today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What first attracted you to Folk Wandering? What made you want to work on this project?
Jenny Beth Snyder: Folk Wandering was first shown at FGPs Playground Playgroup and that’s when I was introduced to it. I was obsessed and wanted to produce it or be a part of it in any way and that was 7 years ago before I was a production manager. The music is some of the most gorgeous I have ever heard. The story line is gripping. I don’t remember and iteration where I didn’t cry watching it. I begged them to record the song Tomorrow so I could listen to it all the time. I have wanted to be a part of making this a full blown production for a very long time.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
JBS: I think I relate most to Everett. And maybe the tenement apartment and the dreams of Rosealia wanting to be something and her small crush. Then in the end … well I probably shouldn’t say the end ha! But it’s bitter sweet and reminds you how fleeting it all is. Same with Everett. Maybe same with the whole show. Live. Now. It’s all already there.

PTC: What first attracted you to production management?
JBS: I wouldn’t say “attracted” would be the right word but I did find that I have a knack for organizing people and things. And I love this project and the people so I’d gladly organize those people and those things.  

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
JBS: Sometimes the wind works in your favor and sometimes …

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
JBS: I think my big dreams are actually a composite of little dreams. They’re very old people dreams. Like having health care, or the ability to have a house upstate but still work in the city. Having enough money to have kids but still be an artist… but like also that my theater company wins an Obie for artistic excellent. Or directing Morgan’s new play on an off broadway contract…. I’m not really focused.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
JBS: I once maced myself in a pilates studio. I once got trapped in a cemetery overnight. I once rode my bike across the manhattan bridge with traffic.


Folk Wandering is just opened and is running through March 25. Tickets are now available to all performances. Get your tickets today!

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Spotlight on Sydney Torin Shepherd

Over fifty ferociously imaginative emerging artists are working together to bring our world premiere of Folk Wandering roaring into reality. Throughout the run of the show (until March 25!), we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these artists. 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 our cellist, Sydney Torin Shepherd.

Read the full interview below and get your tickets to performances February 23 – March 25 today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What first attracted you to Folk Wandering? What made you want to work on this project?
Sydney Torin Shepherd: The show was in need of a cellist and my bandmate/partner Adrian Enscoe plays Bobby Lombardi and connected me with the folks from the project. I was so thrilled to be on board because I’d fallen in love with the songs while hearing Adrian work on them! And now seeing how they are woven into the story is so compelling.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
STS: The character of Rosaelia reminds me so much of myself as a young teenager: curious, inventive, and headstrong, always creating (even if it meant embellishing the truth) and living her life inside of her future dreams.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
STS: What we dreamed. What we found. What we left behind.

PTC: What first attracted you to the cello?
STS: When I was a tiny kid I had a My First Orchestra book, and I became fixated on the description it gave for the cello: “The sound of a cello reminds you of the color purple and stormy nights”. And I was like “That’s totally me!” I asked my mom to  help me pick out the sound of the cello from the music we’d listen to and we both made a game of finding the cello in songs. After years of insisting to my parents that I needed cello lessons I started at age 7. I love that I knew at such a young age that it would become a huge part of my life.

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
STS: My band Bandits On The Run has been jonesin’ to go to Europe and we are finally making that dream happen! We won a songwriting competition and will be flown to London right after the run of Folk Wandering to record our song and embark on a little tour. I think the big dream is that we’ll capture every heart in Europe and then come back and conquer the US 🙂 

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
STS: I’m a champion 4-leaf clover finder and have a collection of them stashed in a Shakespeare Anthology. I spent a summer as a professional clown in a hippie mountain town in North Carolina. I once played in a My Chemical Romance cover band.


Folk Wandering is just opened and is running through March 25. Tickets are now available to all performances. Get your tickets today!

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