Unlock Your Beardo Tickets on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season and connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations to celebrate and encourage giving.

11-29-2016We’re excited to announce that our participation in this year’s #GivingTuesday comes with an exciting perk for you! Give a gift to Pipeline today, and today only, and you’ll unlock early access to tickets to Jason Craig and Dave Malloy’s Beardo! Tickets won’t go on sale to the general public for another week, but if you give today we’ll send you a special code to unlock tickets right away. What else? Those tickets will be at a highly limited pre-sale rate. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

Beardo is a Russian indie rock musical from the outrageous minds that brought us Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage and Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812. This New York premiere explodes the mad inner workings of Rasputin, the infamous mystic who sexed his way to the fall of the Russian monarchy.

#GivingTuesday harnesses generosity to bring about real change and to amplify small acts of kindness. We encourage you to give generously today, and not just to us but to deserving nonprofits across the country and the planet. Click here to explore other #GivingTuesday organizations that are making an impact in their communities.

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NEW Limited Edition Reward: Yoga with Nat

We are pleased today to release another HIGHLY limited edition reward: a private in-home yoga session with our trusty leader, producing director Natalie Gershtein.

Natalie has been practicing Moksha / Modo yoga for over a decade, and took her 500 hour teacher training in Nicaragua this past February. She was a competitive gymnast in her youth, and turned to Moksha / Modo Hot Yoga when she was in need of physical healing that was still challenging. Her main studio is Modo Yoga in the West Village at 434 6th Ave #2.

This limited edition reward is available for the absolute steal of $100, but there are only 2 available so act fast! Click here to contribute to our Kickstarter and claim this reward.


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New Limited Edition HALLOWEEN Reward

We’ve just released a highly limited HALLOWEEN reward as part of our Beardo Kickstarter. Contribute between now and November 1 and you’ll have the option to get Beardo’d in real life (#IRL). What does that mean? We’ll send a literal beard directly to your home. Bring it with you when you see the show this February (show tickets not included) and we’ll Instagram a photo of you as Beardo on our set. Only 10 of these are available, and the reward expires after Halloween night. So act fast!

Still not stoked about this one? Take a look at our artistic director, Ari Schrier, rockin’ some Beardo whiskers. Join Ari, contribute today.


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New Limited Edition Perk: Vocal Coaching with Ian

We have just added another HIGHLY LIMITED edition perk to our Beardo Kickstarter. For $100 you get a one-hour private acting or audition coaching session with Beardo music director, Ian Axness. Plus, of course, thank you on Facebook and Twitter. There are only 2 available, so act fast! Contribute here and help us raise $30,000 by November 10.

ianheadshotsmallerIan Axness is a collaborative pianist and music director, working between forms of concert music, contemporary theater, and improvisation. He arranges music for plays, cabarets, and secret dinners; conducts new music theater from the piano; and works with performers of all kinds to strengthen energetic, embodied musicianship. Selected credits: Pericles (Two River), Clown Bar (Pipeline Theatre), Erin Markey’s A Ride on the Irish Cream (Abrons Arts Center), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic), Political Subversities (Ars Nova & The PIT). Faculty: Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Proud graduate of Oberlin College.

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New Limited Edition Perk: Acting Coaching with Ellie

We have just added a brand new and HIGHLY LIMITED edition perk to our Beardo Kickstarter. For $100 you get a one-hour private acting or audition coaching session with Beardo director, Ellie Heyman. Plus, of course, thank you on Facebook and Twitter. There are only 2 available, so act fast! Contribute here and help us raise $30,000 by November 10.

ElenaEllie 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. elenaheyman.com

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Support BEARDO On Kickstarter

This season, Pipeline is doing something extraordinary. We’re doubling down and in a big way.

Beardo will be, without question, our most ambitious project to date. It has the potential to truly stretch our understanding of what is possible in a theatrical space, and to launch our company into a whole new scale. We are in this because we believe artists and audiences deserve a space in which their imaginations can relentlessly run free. This is an opportunity to do this like no other we have encountered yet.

Today, we launch a Kickstarter with the audacious goal of $30,000. We ask you to join in and help us make the impossible suddenly and masterfully possible.

Click here to help us raise $30,000 by November 10, 2016.











We have some enticing perks, but we know that’s not really why you give. You give because you care about this production, these artists, and our mission to provoke courage and compassion through imagination. Support Pipeline as we take on our most ambitious show yet.

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Matchstick Series Tickets Now Available

Thanks to our new partnership with the New York Public Library, tickets to this year’s Matchstick Series: While We Slept (Nov. 4-6, Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave) are totally free, and they’re available now! With only 3 performances and over 30 collaborators, space will fill up fast, so reserve your ticket today!

The Matchstick Series is an annual night of short plays created by the current PlayLab class. The plays in this year’s Series are inspired by the childhood dreams (and nightmares) of members of our ensemble. Join us for an evening of never-before-seen work and traipse through Pipeline’s collective subconscious.

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Announcing Matchstick Series: While We Slept

exterior_jeffersonmarket__3609We are thrilled today to announce that our upcoming Matchstick Series: While We Slept will be presented through a partnership with the New York Public Library, November 4-6, at the Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave). Through this unique collaboration, we are pleased to present the Series to the public free of charge. Mark your calendars now, we’ll begin accepting reservations in just a few short weeks.

The Matchstick Series is an annual night of short plays created by the current PlayLab class. The plays in this year’s Series are inspired by the childhood dreams (and nightmares) of members of our ensemble. Join us for an evening of never-before-seen work and traipse through Pipeline’s collective subconscious. See below for this year’s entire group of outstanding collaborators.


Production Team

Line Producer: Zach Donovan
Production Designer: Chris Bowser
Costume Designer: Heather McDevitt-Barton
Music Director: Nate Weida
Production Manager: Kristy Bodall
Stage Manager: Emily DeNardo


J. Julian Christopher, A.J. Ditty, Taylor Edelhart, Aeneas Sagar Hemphill, Francesca Pazniokas, Charly Evon Simpson


Lauren Z. Adleman, Shariffa Ali, Jaki Bradley, Tom Costello+, Felicia Lobo, Courtney Ulrich



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Our First Ever Playwright-In-Residence

Just three weeks ago, we introduced you to our PlayLab Class of 2017. We are now thrilled to announce that additionally, this year, we’re taking the PlayLab a step further. We are pleased to introduce you to our first ever Playwright-in-Residence, the endlessly insightful and imaginative A.P. Andrews.

APA.P. Andrews is a New York City-based playwright and theater maker. His Nebraska Cycle is a series of ten plays about life in the rural Midwest, and includes Abby in the Summer, Burning Barn, The Girl with the Red Balloon, Tailgates, Three More Sundays, Meth and Kisses, Cecil and Rose, Homesteads, Maria Barone Comes Home, and Winter Visits. His Seaside Cycle is a series of four magical plays about love, loyalty, jealousy and grief, and includes Tidal Shifts, Optimism Or, On the Ascent, and The Night Before. Other works include what the water gave me, it probably doesn’t matter, On the Outskirts of Corrales NM, LARK/SONG, Constantin, Ashling, Tommy and His Stars and Stripes, Jolly the Christmas Walrus, This Might Hurt a Little, and two collections of one-act plays entitled Awake and Dreaming and Corners of the World. His plays have been performed and developed in Nebraska, New York, Idaho, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Carolina and London. He is the Literary Manager and Dramaturg for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, co-founder (with Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin) of 6×6 Writer’s Group, and Playwright in Residence at the Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud, Nebraska. He is a graduate of NYU’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School where he studied with Jeni Mahoney, as well as an MFA Candidate at Hunter College under the tutelage of Brighde Mullins, Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

A.P. will serve as a key member of the Pipeline artistic team for the duration of our 8th season and as a mentor to this year’s PlayLab class. He will also receive a two-week workshop of his play, On the Ascent, in Spring 2017. This residency is designed as a step 2 in our PlayLab process, and is only available to PlayLab alumni. A.P. is a member of our inaugural PlayLab Class of 2014, where he worked with us to develop Optimism Or, part of The Seaside Cycle.

About the Ascent

Dillon has been working at Oceanside Municipal Airport for almost ten years, and has finally started to feel content with the quiet, peaceful life he has built. But when an intriguing new employee arrives on the scene and a mysterious creature begins visiting the airport late at night, Dillon’s stable life becomes much more turbulent. Can Dillon find the strength to reach in to the blue and grab on to the things he wants, or will letting himself be vulnerable simply lead to an even bigger free-fall?

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Introducing the PlayLab Class of 2017

The Pipeline PlayLab, a year-long series of monthly meetings and events, provides a developmental space for playwrights to turn their biggest, wildest ideas into finished plays. Through an extensive application process, we seek out big dreamers who are taking big risks with their plays, we put them all in a room together, we provide structure and support, and we make magic together.

This year, the Pipeline artistic team received applications from over 125 playwrights. We then selected 6 outstanding artists to be in residence with us through June 2017. It is with great admiration and excitement that we now introduce our fourth PlayLab class:

Christopher squareJ. JULIAN CHRISTOPHER
Bruise & Thorn

J. Julian Christopher is an internationally produced playwright exploring Queer subculture, egg whites, ostrich, and bellies — none of which are mutually exclusive.

About the Project: Bruise & Thorn is about a gender fluid teen and their gay brother surviving life in Jamaica, Queens. More



Ditty SquareA.J. DITTY
The Heart of Duckness

A.J. Ditty is an actor/writer/slash-mark enthusiast currently living in Queens.

About the Project: It’s the Berlin Conference of 1884, the colonial powers of Europe are meeting to divide Africa amongst themselves, but every character is a duck, and we’re all corkscrewed. More



The Holdfolk

Taylor Edelhart makes new plays that deal with the sinister, the power of objects, and the intersection between theatre and games.

About the Project: The Holdfolk is a play about a family of magical creatures who live inside massive rocks scattered throughout the [insert nation here] countryside. It’s also about what happens to any community that mainstream society has gone out of its way to define and then to ignore. More


The Troll King Rules

Aeneas Sagar Hemphill is a human being with a bleeding heart and a dangerous mind.

About the Project: The Troll King Rules, the second play of the Troll King Trilogy, will move on from high school and gaming to adulthood and social media, where online and real lives merge and clash in the eternal war between trolls and social justice warriors. More




Francesca Pazniokas is a writer and musician whose work has been produced and developed in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, London and Melbourne.

About the Project: A taxidermist trains a mysterious child to be his protégé in Wunderkammer–a play about the thin line between human and animal, and life and death. More




Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright and performer who spends her free time running, reading, drinking wine, and hanging out with her dog, George.

About the Project: This currently untitled project is about Aurora, her mother, a lost dog, and what happens when someone goes home again. It is about ghosts and memory and a pair of rocking chairs on a porch. More

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