Introducing the sound of PLAYING HOT

Today we are pleased to introduce you to the entire glorious team bringing you the sound and rhythm of PLAYING HOT!

Music Supervision & Arrangements by James Williams
Music Direction by Trevor Bachman
Sound Design by Matt Finch
Choreography by Jason Warley

And introducing our house band, joining us all the way from Louisiana, The NEW ORLEANS SWAMP DONKEYS.

Led by James Williams on Trumpet with Miles Lyons on Trombone, Eddie Brown on Sousaphone, and Jams Marotta on Drums. The SWAMP DONKEYS will additionally be joined by Marcus Miller on Saxaphone and Khrys Williams on Trumpet.

Saturday, June 4 | 7:30PM
The Gym at Judson | 243 Thompson St.

Just can’t wait until June 4? The SWAMP DONKEYS are gigging in NYC all month. Catch them on May 25, 7PM, at ZINC BAR (82 W. 3rd St.). Get your tickets here for just $15.

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Announcing PLAYING HOT

This past June, we asked our community of theater-makers to send us their big ideas for a one-night-only developmental production in Spring 2016. We selected just one big idea, dreamed up by Kevin Armento and Jaki Bradley, and have been secretly working with them over the last 6 months to bring it all together.

Today we are proud to introduce you to PLAYING HOT:

Playing-Hot-Poster_with-logo_webSet 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 theatrical event in the style of jazz. A live brass band joins a dynamic ensemble to riff on everything from Mardi Gras and Public Enemy, to questions of appropriation and the cult of celebrity.

PLAYING HOT is created by Kevin Armento and Jaki Bradley, with set & prop design by Chris Bowser, light design by Brian Tovar, costume design by Sarafina Bush, and featuring James Williams as Buddy Bolden as well as trumpeter and music collaborator. James is joined by a truly stellar ensemble.

June 4 | 7:30PM
Gym @ Judson | 243 Thompson St

Meet Our Ensemble

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Introducing our Mystery Artist Team

This past June, Pipeline asked our vast community of theater-makers of all stripes to send us their big ideas for a one-night-only developmental production in Spring 2016. We picked just one of those big ideas, and have been secretly working with our mystery artist team to bring it all together over the past 6 months.

Today, we are pleased to come to you with an exciting announcement. Our Mystery Artist team is:

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Next week will be the big unveiling of their mystery project, so you still have seven days to grab tickets for only $15. Once we reveal the Mystery Show, tickets will go up to $20. Put your faith in us and save!

Saturday, June 4, 7:30PM
Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson St.


Mystery Artist Bios

Kevin Armento‘s plays include Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (59E59 Theaters, New York Times Critics’ Pick; upcoming at Edinburgh Festival), Companion Piece (Pleasance Theatre, London), killers (Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory), and Good Men Wanted (Ars Nova, Arena Stage.) His work has been developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Dixon Place, Naked Angels, Theatre503, and The New Ohio. He is a current member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, a resident artist at The Drama League, and has received commissions from the Abingdon Theatre and One Year Lease. He has been a regular contributor to Culturebot and The Huffington Post, and his spec script Comfortably Numb was recently optioned by CBS Studios.

Jaki Bradley is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects include Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage), I’ve Been to Sea Before (TONY Critic’s Pick), #liberated (Ars Nova), and What Every Girl Should Know (TONY Critic’s Pick). She has also developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Naked Angels, The Flea, and Atlantic Acting Studio. As an assistant director, she has worked with Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, Lisa Peterson, and Daniel Aukin, among others. She is a Drama League Artist-in-Residence, a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Williamstown Directing Corps, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

James Williams is a multi-talented artist and musician based in New Orleans. He leads the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, a band that specializes in Early Jazz with a particular focus on Louis Armstrong. Led by James, the band has performed for storied clubs and festivals across the world, including The Blue Note, Ronnie Scott’s, The Hamilton, Cliff Bell’s, and Ginny’s; as well as North Sea, Edinburgh, Ascona, Megève, and New Orleans Jazz Festivals; plus Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Fest, French Quarter Fest, and many more. The Scotsman called the Swamp Donkeys “an exuberant and fairly unstoppable force,” and in comparing James to Louis Armstrong, Stephen Duffy on BBC Scotland’s The Jazz House said that James “is resolutely his own man.” James recently led his band to viral video stardom with the traditional jazz version of the theme song from Game of Thrones. James is also a regular with Treme Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band, and has played in dozens of other bands and with hundreds of musicians in New Orleans over recent years; as part of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, James sang solos and duets with Grammy-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater at storied clubs around the world, including New York’s Apollo Theatre. In all of these bands, James can be found on trumpet, vocals, and tuba (and sometimes even saxophone and trombone).

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Be Part of the PlayLab Class of 2017

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 a one-act play and a full-length play over the course of the season.

PlayLab playwrights commit to participate in the following programs:

  • Monthly Meetings (July 10, July 24, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 6, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 5, April 9, May 7, June 11*) – All PlayLab playwrights and the artistic team of Pipeline will be in attendance.
  • Pop-Up Office Days – Over the course of the season, Pipeline will host a series of Pop-Up Office days for PlayLabbers to all get in one room and write side-by-side.
  • Kick-Off Event (August 2016) – A “get to know you” event for the PlayLab playwrights, the Pipeline staff, and the Pipeline ensemble.
  • Matchstick Series (November 2016) – Each playwright will write a one-act play to be presented as part of the Matchstick Series. The group will select the theme of the Matchstick Series at their July meetings.
  • Annual Retreat (May 12-15, 2017*) – Each playwright will attend the Pipeline annual retreat, during which each developed full-length play will be given its first cold reading.
  • Bonfire Series (June 2017): Each playwright will write a full-length play to be presented as part of the Bonfire reading series in June.
  • PlayLab playwrights are also expected to attend Pipeline events throughout our eighth season. PlayLabbers will play an active role in the 2017 Gala as champions of Pipeline, to speak to their experience to the greater Pipeline community.

*Dates subject to change.

Who Should Apply?

We’re looking for playwrights who are excited to collaborate with Pipeline and fellow playwrights throughout the season in developing new shows that fit with our vision to create imaginative new worlds for audiences. We like big dreamers, working on something brand new they haven’t quite figured out yet. Special efforts will be made to recruit a diverse group in terms of ethnicity, gender, educational and professional background, etc. Our vision: we believe that an unbridled imagination is a force of magic with the power to provoke a more courageous and compassionate world.

What to Expect

PlayLab playwrights meet once a month to review pages of their projects with one another through cold readings and dramaturgical discussion. We strive to build a strong sense of community within our PlayLab, so each month the meeting travels to a different PlayLab or Pipeline artistic team member’s home. Often the host provides food, even drinks, for the group. PlayLab playwrights should be excited to work within a collaborative group atmosphere, and enjoy providing one another with constructive feedback.

Throughout the season, Pipeline’s artistic team will work with each writer to determine ideal goals and writing deadlines to help maintain steady progress leading towards the readings. Playwrights will also collectively determine the theme they’ll be writing towards for Pipeline’s November one-act event, the Matchstick Series.

Members of the PlayLab are part of the Pipeline family for the year, and as such, are expected to attend our retreat in May, where company members and playwrights will get a chance to together read through PlayLab playwrights’ full drafts, get away from the city for some dedicated writing time, and probably play Capture the Flag (be sure to stretch first…there have been injuries).

Though the primary aim of the PlayLab is to support playwrights in turning their biggest, wildest ideas into finished plays, our secondary aim is to expand each playwrights’ artistic community. Through our Matchstick Series and Bonfire Series, we introduce our PlayLab playwrights to our large and vibrant artistic community, but we also invite each playwright to bring with them their own contacts. In this way, the PlayLab program is designed to spark new artistic collaborations between theatre artists of all stripes. PlayLab playwrights can expect to walk away from the program with an exciting new roster of directors, actors, and designers to work with for years to come.


We are now accepting PlayLab submissions! To submit, please complete part 1 and part 2 of the application process by May 15, 2016, 11:59PM.

Part 1

Please email the following to with the subject line: [LAST NAME] 2017 PlayLab Submission. Please combine all materials into a single PDF document and be sure to name your file in the following format [LASTNAME_Playlab2017].

  • Your Resume
  • Your Bio
  • Major conflicts from July 2016 – June 2017
  • A brief cover letter about your proposed play and why you’re excited to work with Pipeline on it. (1-2 pages is plenty!)
  • A sample of your proposed play (we’ll take anything from a complete first draft, to a paragraph-long outline)
  • A full-length theatrical writing sample (We wanna get to know you!)

Part 2

After you have submit your application materials to, please complete our google form: The form will ask you to provide the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • The title of your proposed play
  • A short synopsis of your proposed play (400 words or less)
  • The developmental history of your proposed play (400 words or less)
  • How you heard about the PlayLab!

Some finalists can expect to be contacted late-June for follow-up interviews via phone or skype.

What past PlayLabbers Say:

“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, Class of 2014

“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 I could write everything this way.”Scott McCarrey, Class of 2014

“Pipeline’s Playlab has provided me with the supportive, joyful, hilarious, brilliant space I need in order to create. I gain access to great minds every time I walk into our meetings. And there is laughter. And there is dedication. We are WORKING. There are pages printed if I need them and conversations over cups of coffee upon request. There are treats. TREATS! AND I have a big ol’ bucket full of new, marvelous, play-writing friends. To freak out with. And celebrate with. And get right down to the nitty-gritty with. My play has come miles; Has travelled distances it never could had I been stuck alone in my apartment hashing it out on my own. This Playlab is a treasure!” Salty Brine, Class of 2015

“Pipeline’s Playlab is an island in the sea of melancholy that is being a New York playwright. No, I’m kidding… But seriously, Pipeline has taken care of me, listened to me, and inspired me in ways that I did not dare expect. I’ve found true friends and artistic collaborators and every meeting we had was not quite long enough. It’s incredibly exciting to get in on the ground floor of this burgeoning theater company – I can’t wait to see what they do next almost as much as I can’t wait to meet the talented members of the next Playlab.”Claire Kiechel, Class of 2015


Send ‘em to Colby Day. He loves emails:

All applicants will be notified by July 1, 2016.

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Introducing Natalie Gershtein, Producing Director

Today, we are pleased to announce a thrilling step forward for Pipeline with the addition of Natalie Gershtein, Producing Director, to our leadership team.

12744465_10153411184009856_4131846103938390316_nNatalie first worked with us as the producer for our most recent mainstage production, Andrew Farmer’s The Gray Man, directed by Andrew Neisler. She has since been working closely with our Artistic Director, Ari Schrier, and the rest of the Pipeline staff and advisory board to plan for enormous strategic and artistic growth over the next season, culminating in the New York premiere of Jason Craig and Dave Malloy’s BEARDO. The positive impact of Natalie’s arrival has already begun to reverberate throughout our entire community of collaborators. BEARDO will be Pipeline’s most ambitious project to date, and Natalie has the experience and the drive to propel Pipeline forward into this new and exciting stage. Click here to read Natalie’s full bio.


“I have never felt more aligned with a company in terms of values, goals, and artistic ambition. Pipeline says YES to big, crazy ideas and has cultivated a community of artists that inspire me on a daily basis. I’m honored to join the team.” – Natalie Gerhstein


We’ll be celebrating Natalie’s arrival, as well as our impending landmark 8th season, at our Gala this coming Sunday, March 13, at STK Downtown (26 Little W. 12th St). We hope you’ll join us and help us give her a grand ol’ welcome. Click here to grab your tickets today.

Photo by Gesi Schilling

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Bid Now on our CharityBuzz Online Auction!

At our upcoming 5th Annual Gala we’ll have lots and lots of glamorous prizes, but you don’t have to wait until March 13…

Our CharityBuzz online auction has launched! Right now, this minute, you have access to our most luxurious lots! Bid now on:

  • 2 VIP Tickets to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah BID NOW
  • 2 Tickets & Cocktails to a Taping of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live! BID NOW
  • 2 VIP Tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers BID NOW
  • 2 Premium Tickets to Hamilton with Backstage Tour & Playbill Signed by Lin-Manuel Miranda BID NOW
  • 7 Night Stay in Condo for 7 Guests in La Paz, Mexico BID NOW

Wanna hold out for the Gala? That’s cool too. Click here for a listing of our silent auction offerings, including an exclusive tour of New York Public Radio Studios and tickets to The Great Comet on Broadway with a backstage tour!

Don’t have your tickets yet? Snag em now! Supplies are limited!

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Introducing Our Spectacular Gala Silent Auction Prizes

At our upcoming 5th annual GALA you’ll have the chance to go home with a wide assortment of LUXURIOUS, STUPENDOUS, MIRACULOUS, utterly INCREDIBLE PRIZES!

Two Premium Tickets to The Great Comet on Broadway, with Backstage Tour
Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 is coming to Broadway in Fall 2016, and it’s starring Josh Groban! Natasha is young, Anatole is hot, and Andrey isn’t here… But what about Pierre? Based on a scandalous 70-page slice of War and Peace, this new musical is Tolstoy like you’ve never experienced him before. Be there for this breathtaking Broadway production, and get a special glimpse backstage following the show.

John Slattery or Talia Balsam Record Your Voicemail!
John Slattery and Talia Balsam, couple on screen and off, will record your voicemail outgoing message! John and Talia are both best known for their roles as Roger and Mona Sterling on the critically acclaimed hit AMC series, Mad Men. There are two separate prizes available, one voicemail by John and one by Talia. The winner of each of these prizes will meet with John or Talia in person, discuss the outgoing message, and John or Talia will record it for you then and there!

Private Tour for Two of the New York Public Radio Studios
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. Visit the home of popular podcasts, including RadioLab, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Death, Sex, & Money, Snap Judgement, and Freakanomics Radio.

Seven-Night Mexico Vacation in La Paz, Mexico
Enjoy a 7 night stay for up to 7 people in an incredible beachfront condo in La Paz, Mexico! Wake up each morning and watch dolphins swim by while you drink coffee from your private balconies. There is plenty of patio furniture, a gas grill, and amazing views of the Sea of Cortez and the City. Look down at the magnificent pool, restaurant, jacuzzi and volleyball courts below, or run downstairs and jump in!

Two Opening Night Tickets to Atlantic’s Skeleton Crew, Including After Party
Join Atlantic Theater Company on May 19th for the opening night performance of their extended world premiere production of Skeleton Crew, written by Dominique Marisseau and directed by Obie Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. This production has been named both a Time Out New York and New York Times Critics’ Pick. The New York Post asserts, “Unquestionably a strong, formidable work! All four leads are impeccable! Theatergoers won’t want to miss this!”

Four-Night Mountain Escape in Napanoch, NY
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.

Dinner and a Show for Two at 54 Below
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.

One-Night Writer’s Retreat in Beacon, NY
Spend a night tucked away from the city in the Hudson Valley home of BEARDO playwright, Jason Craig. Beacon is an easy 1.5 hour drive or train ride from Manhattan and boasts charming restaurants, world famous museums (don’t miss Dia or Storm King!), and picturesque hikes! The perfect place to go and get those creative juices flowing.

Modo Yoga 10 Class Pass
Modo Yoga studios are community hubs where yoga is just the beginning. Every studio in their community is guided and inspired by 7 philosophical pillars: Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out, Live to Learn, and Be Peace. This prize includes a pass to ten hot yoga classes rooted in the traditional teachings of yoga and yoga therapy concepts.

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Introducing this year’s gala performers!

At our 2016 Gala (March 13, STK), we’re honoring Pipeline’s artists of past, present, and future. We’re thrilled to share adventurous performances with you from artists whose work we’ve developed at various moments over the course of our 7 year history. We invite you to join us for spectacular performances by:

our master of ceremonies

direction by ANDREW NEISLER

composer, writer, performer
direction by ANDREW NEISLER

direction by ANNIE TIPPE

and exclusive preview performances from
direction by ELENA HEYMAN
musical direction by IAN AXNESS

PLUS: special appearances by

Join us at our Gala on March 13 and get in on the magic.

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Announcing Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s BEARDO

We are thrilled today to announce that Pipeline’s landmark 14th mainstage production will be Jason Craig and Dave Malloy’s BEARDO, directed by Elena Heyman.

BEARDO is a fervent rock musical from the outrageous and inspired minds that brought us BEOWULF – A Thousand Years of Baggage, Ghost Quartet, and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. This New York premiere chronicles the ascent and demise of infamous mystic Rasputin, and the fall of the Russian monarchy.

We’ll be sharing a sneak peek of BEARDO at our upcoming gala on Sunday, March 13, at STK (26 Little W. 12th St.). Want to get in on the fun? Tickets are available now and range from $30 – $1,000. Royalty, peasantry, sex, dirt, grandeur, and hemophilia. What more could you want?

About the Artists

jasonJason Craig is Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Banana Bag & Bodice for which he is a writer, performer, and set designer/technical director. His writing with BB&B has won him awards nationally and internationally and has kept him busy for the last 13 years. LongYarn, his most recent show for BB&B, was a critical success and audience favorite. Commissions outside of BB&B include The Exit Theatre (San Francisco) to write Gogol: A Clown Opera, Mallory Catlett of Juggernaut Theatre (NY) to write Oh What War which was presented at Here Arts Space, September 2009, and The Shotgun Players (Berkeley CA) to write Beardo. His adaptation of Beowulf entitled Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage (written with librettist Dave Malloy) was a commission by Shotgun Players and played at The Ashby Stages and Berkeley Rep, and made its New York premiere at Abrons Arts Center in 2009. Beowulf received the Will Glickman Award for Best New play in the Bay Area. Other awards include Best New Production at The Dublin Fringe for The Sewers. He has been a featured artist in many publications, including Theatre Forum, Theatre Bay Area, Time Out New York, The New York Times and American Theater Magazine.


Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/performer/sound designer. His shows include Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (headed to Broadway this fall); Ghost Quartet; Preludes; Black Wizard/Blue Wizard; Three Pianos; All Hands; Beardo; Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage; The Sewers; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon. He is the winner of two Obie Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, an ASCAP New Horizons Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant. Future projects include The Happiness of Fish (a show about Taoism, atheism and evolution), and adaptations of Moby-Dick and Shakespeare’s Henriad. He lives in Brooklyn.




ElenaElena Heyman is a New York City theatre director. She directed The Traveling Imaginary, a theatrical rock show rated “top five shows of the year” by NPR and a Time Out “Critic’s Pick” on two continents. Credits include: Deleted Scenes from Fun Home by Erin Markey, They, Themself and Schmerm by Becca Blackwell, and LongYarn by Jason Craig/Banana Bag & Bodice. Elena’s work has been presented by The Kennedy Center, The Drama League, New World Stages (Incite Festival), The Bushwick Starr, Boston Center for American Performance, En Garde Arts, and indie rock clubs across America. Elena is the Co-Artistic Director of The Orbiting Human Circus with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel). Currently Elena is developing Lemonade by Heather Litteer for La MaMa and Elevation 509 in Bulgaria through the generous support of The Drama League. She is a graduate of Northwestern and Boston Universities (MFA) and a Drama League Directing Fellow.

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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


$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


$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


$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


$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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