Spotlight on Charlotte

Whitney session 5An outspoken proponent of experimental sounds and expression, violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood is an active freelancer, chamber musician, teacher, and curator in New York City and beyond and has joined team Beardo on violin. She is a co-founding member of Du.0 (pronounced “doo-point-oh”), a two-violin experimental music duo, and performs regularly with the Curiosity Cabinet. She is a frequent commissioner of new works and a co-curator of the Blank Space House Concert series. Charlotte is a recent graduate of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Curtis Macomber. Away from the violin, she enjoys coffee, Dostoyevsky, and petting other people’s dogs in the park.

Learn more about Charlotte in our interview below and reserve your tickets here!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What attracted you to Beardo? What made you want to work on this project?

Charlotte Munn-Wood: I read “the fall of the Russian monarchy” in the description of the musical. That was literally all it took. I’m very enthusiastic about pre-Soviet Russian history.

PTC: Why violin?

CMW: My mom wouldn’t let me play viola, so I had to learn violin. I grew into it, I guess. Also I like that it’s a) small, b) very portable, c) easily assimilated by non-Western musical cultures, d) capable of producing a range of bizarre and expressive sounds, and e) has two parts (the violin and the bow – that sort of thing doesn’t happen in living creatures, whose bodies are very boring in that all the parts are connected to one another).

PTC: If you ruled the world, what would you be remembered for?

CMW: Well-built and exactingly-maintained infrastructure.

PTC: Why should someone who has no connection to this show or its artists come see the show?

CMW: It’s about Russia and Russians and who doesn’t want as much of that as possible?

PTC: If you could create a promotional tagline for this show, what would it be?

CMW:Before Putin, there was BEARDO”

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Beardo Extends! Curtain is Now at 7:30PM! Plus New Short Film!

Tomorrow we will present the very first preview performance of Beardo, and today we have an exciting announcement:

Due to popular demand, Beardo will extend one week, to March 5. Performances are Tuesdays-Sundays, with the exception of Wednesday, March 1. All performances (including those previously announced) will now be at 7:30PM, not 8:00PM. Get your tickets while you still can.

Can’t wait even one more day to enter the world of Beardo? Well you don’t have to. Today we are also pleased to share with you the exciting conclusion of our three part short film series, BEARDO: Grandeur Hemophilia. Watch now!

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Gett Thee to Greenpoint

Over the past few months, team Beardo has made Greenpoint our home and we’re excited to share it with you.

There’s a lot going on in Brooklyn’s northernmost neighborhood, so we’ve put together a handy GUIDE to point you in the direction of our favorite destinations. And now, thanks to a special promotion through our friends at Gett, it’s also easier (and cheaper!) than ever to get there.

unnamed-2New Gett users will receive a promo code for $5 off their ride both to and from St. John’s Lutheran Church, the home of Beardo. Get your Beardo tickets now and then come show day, we’ll send you download instructions and the code, and you’ll receive a total of $10 in savings round trip. Keep in mind, this promotion will only be available to new users.

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Greenpoint Neighborhood Guide

Welcome-to-Greenpoint-MuralComing to see Beardo this February? We encourage you to come to Greenpoint early and stay late. This Brooklyn neighborhood is full of a wide breadth of restaurants, bars, and activities. From historic neighborhood institutions, to trendy new spots, there’s something in Greenpoint for everyone to explore. Check out the list we’ve put together, curated by publicist and NYC local excursion expert, Morgan Dubin.

OLD-SCHOOL GREENPOINT

PAULIE GEE’S (Best for…Pizza)
Some of the absolute best pizza in NYC, with a perfect combination of quality and creativity. There is always a long wait on weekends, so it’s best to come early or late. You’ll probably meet Paulie himself, and he’ll ask you which pie was your favorite. I recommend coming at 5:30pm or after the show, and getting the Ricky Ricotta, Sake Mountain Way, Cherry Jones or really any of the pizzas. Share with the table!

KROLEWSKIE JADLO (Best for… Dinner)
Pierogi, kielbasa & other hearty Polish staples are served in a medieval-themed setting. Go Polish-crazy with Borscht, Goulash, Pheasant, and so much more.

CAPRI SOCIAL CLUB (Best for… Drinking)
The Capri Social Club (also called Irene’s) is a time warp that’s hidden away on a residential street. This is a former members-only club with a wooden phone booth and a jukebox. Not so much old-school as super local. I recommend enjoying the atmosphere and ordering a $6-strong-mixed-drink.

PETER PAN DONUT & PASTRY SHOP (Best for… Donuts)
Peter Pan has been around since the 1950’s, and looks like it hasn’t been updated since. Order from the counter for charming service and incredible donuts. Grab a stool if they are empty! I recommend Maple Glazed Cake, Old-Fashioned Plain, or Boston Creme. They do sell out of donuts!

NEW + TRENDY GREENPOINT

FIVE LEAVES (Best for… Dinner)
New American plus oysters with a focus on sourcing local produce, sustainable seafood, free-range meat and poultry. I recommended the homemade ricotta, Five Leaves burger, baked lemon curd, and all the cocktails.

MILK & ROSES (Best for… Cocktails + Happy Hour)
Cozy Italian-focused cocktail bar with full menu, grand piano, old books, and backyard. Romantic and quiet. I recommended coming early to read or chat with a pre-show cocktail.

ACHILLES HEEL (Best for… Beer + Wine + Happy Hour)
Gastropub-style small plates, house cocktails & brews in a quaint corner tavern with a tin ceiling. Plus, a fireplace! I recommend grabbing those seats by the fire and having a glass of wine or excellent draft beer.

VAN LEEUWEN ARTISAN ICE CREAM (Best for… Ice Cream + Coffee)
Classic, incredibly delicious ice cream is their thing. And this chic, cozy location serves it well. Location serves a full menu of their vegan and classic ice creams, sundaes and milkshakes along with coffee by Toby’s Estate, Organic teas by Rishi and fresh pastries daily from Balthazaar and Ovenly. I recommend their Mint Chip or the affogato.

UNIQUE LOCAL ACTIVITIES

SUNSHINE LAUNDROMAT & PINBALL (Best for… Pinball + Beer + Pizza)
There is a Pinball Bar Hidden Inside Greenpoint’s Sunshine Laundromat, and it is fantastic and fun. You have to walk through a washer/dryer to get to the arcade! I recommended doing all that with a beer.

BROOKLYN BAZAAR (Best for… Games + Shopping + Music + Making a Night of it)
Flea-market scene with live bands, food stands, beer & wine, art galore & Ping-Pong. It is free to enter, and the music is ticketed. I recommend playing mini-golf with a cold one and then checking on the live music. The Ping-Pong is also super fun.

WNYC TRANSMITTER PARK (Best for… the View)
Once the working home of the WNYC radio transmission towers, the park is now a stunning green space, with both natural areas and also recreation. The park includes an overlook to the south, seating, and a waterfront esplanade.

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Spotlight on Aaron

13073196_10156831226905716_450179120_o (1)Aaron Lindenberg is a singer-songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist in Brooklyn, New York, and he’s joined the Beardo team as one of our music assistants! He studied music at Sarah Lawrence College, and has arranged and directed a cappella choirs, musicals and film scores. He writes lush R&B music and performs throughout New York City. Learn more about Aaron in our interview below and grab those tickets here!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What attracted you to Beardo? What made you want to work on this project?

Aaron Lindenberg: Beardo’s music snagged me right away! What a weird and wonderful combination of styles, and a totally fresh lyrical approach to musical theater writing. Once I saw the church where it was being performed, I knew something totally unique was going to happen there.

PTC: What draws you to working on music?

AL: Being the Music Assistant, I help our fabulous Music Director (Ian Axness) unfold so much gorgeous, complex music for a cast of supremely talented actors. As a singer-songwriter, I get to learn so much about the composition and logistics of putting together a big piece like Beardo.

PTC: If you ruled the world, what would you be remembered for?

AL: Being compassionate and redecorating often.

PTC: Why should someone who has no connection to this show or its artists come see the show?

AL: Because this show is brimming with talent! Everyone involved is a total talent, from the cast to the directors, to the production team to the band, and so on! This show is made of 100% love and everyone who sees it will know exactly what I mean!

PTC: If you could create a promotional tagline for this show, what would it be?

AL: There’s weird in his beard.

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WATCH: “Sex, Dirt”

In just over two weeks, Beardo will perform for it’s very first audience at St. John’s Lutheran Church. But you don’t have to wait until February 3 to get a taste.

Today we’re pleased to release “Sex, Dirt,” another very short film inspired by Beardo. This is the second in a series of three films, each a minute or less in length, designed to bring you a bit further into this sensual, miraculous, and bizarre world. Watch “Sex, Dirt” now and grab your Beardo tickets today!

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Spotlight on Ellen

Ellen Winter HeadshotEllen Winter is a Brooklyn-based composer, music director, and performer and has joined the Beardo team as music assistant. She writes, arranges, and sings with Chamber Band, an indie-nerd-rock group who premiered music from their upcoming time-travel album Governor’s Square in ANT Fest 2016. As a music director and performer, she has developed new works with composers such as César Alvarez (Universe is a Small Hat, SLC; The Elementary Spacetime Show, Philly Fringe; NOISE, PHTS) and Heather Christian (Annie Salem, Polyphone). She is a company member of both the Electric Eye Ensemble and Daughters of Elysium. Learn more about Ellen in our interview below, and grab your Beardo tickets today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What attracted you to Beardo? What made you want to work on this project?

Ellen Winter: When approached to be a part of this project, the badass team of groundbreaking artists supported by the radical Pipeline Theatre Company was enough to hook me. Then when I read it and listened to it, I remember thinking 1) this is totally ridiculous and 2) this is exactly the kind of art that needs to happen right now. I wanted to be a part of that.

PTC: You’re on the music team. What made you first pick this area to specialize?

EW: Even beyond the lyrics, music provides a method of storytelling we can physically feel and internalize. 

PTC: If you ruled the world, what would you be remembered for?

EW: My many lists of many things. 

PTC: Why should someone who has no connection to this show or its artists come see the show?

EW: Beardo is a glimpse into a world that at first glance seems vastly different until you notice the eerie parallels to our own. Also the music sounds like Tchaikovsky jamming with Gogol Bordello.

PTC: If you could create a promotional tagline for this show, what would it be?

VD: You didn’t invite him to dinner, but he’s staying for dessert.

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Casting Update! Introducing Damon Daunno

7070afda-52a0-407c-8d2f-d2b22ded0836Today we are pleased to announce that Damon Daunno (Hadestown, Broadway’s Brief Encounter) has joined the cast of Beardo as our title character.

Damon, who was last seen playing “Orpheus” in Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin’s Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop, will star alongside the previously announced cast of Alex Highsmith, Liz Leimkuhler, Brian Bock, Willy Appelman, Rolls Andre, Shaye Troha, and Ben Langhorst.

Don’t miss Damon and the rest of the cast in action this February, purchase your Beardo tickets today!

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Volunteer and See Beardo for Free!

Interested in seeing Beardo FO’ FREE? Join us as a volunteer and we’ll give you a comp (or two, depending on the size of your commitment) in exchange for your efforts!

There are 3 ways to volunteer and earn a comp:

COSTUME BUILD (January 14-15, 21-22)

Would you call yourself “crafty”? If so, we’re in need of a few extra hands this weekend and next to help out our costume designer, Katja Andreiev. No need for specific experience in costume or clothing design, but some type of artisan or crafting experience would be helpful. If this sounds like you, please email volunteer@pipelinetheatre.org, include the dates and times you’re are available, a brief description of your artisan or crafting experience, as well as how you first heard about Pipeline and Beardo! We’ll respond with more details and confirm!

LOAD-IN (January 23 – February 3)

We’ll be building the show over the course of 2 weeks at the end of this month. We’ll need folks with both artisan experience and/or the ability to lift heavy things and wield a hammer. If this sounds like you email volunteer@pipelinetheatre.org, include the dates and times you are available to help, a brief description of your artisan or building experience, as well as how you first heard about Pipeline and Beardo! We’ll respond with more details and confirm!

USHERING (February 3 – February 26)

We’ll need 2-3 volunteer ushers per performance throughout the entire run. Ushers are able to watch any show at which they’re working. To sign up to usher, please email volunteer@pipelinetheatre.org and include a brief description of your front of house experience (if any, this is not required) and how you heard about Pipeline and Beardo! We’ll reply with a sign up sheet as well as additional details!

Questions? Email volunteer@pipelinetheatre.org

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Spotlight on Vinny

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Vinny DePonto is returning to Pipeline this February as magic consultant on Beardo, after previously working with us as magic consultant on Clown Bar. Vinny is a mentalist and theater artist with a undying interest in mysterious things. His stage show Charlatan (Ars Nova) was nominated for Drama Desk Award. The New York Daily News calls DePonto’s one-man performance “Breathtaking.” In addition to his live performances, DePonto also consults for television, film, and theater projects that require the use of practical effects, psychological illusions and modern trickery. Learn more about Vinny in our interview below, and grab your tickets to Beardo today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What attracted you to Beardo? What made you want to work on this project?

Vinny DePonto: Mostly because I like beards. That’s what this is about right?

PTC: Why magic?

VD: Magic and illusion, like great theatre, can transport you to a place of pure astonishment. Something we don’t get a lot of these days. It’s why I love working with Pipeline – they have a keen sense of how to create magical worlds that we can live and wonder in, even for a brief moment.

PTC: If you ruled the world, what would you be remembered for?

VD: I think I’d be remembered for ruling the world right? Has anyone actually ruled the world yet? That’s pretty impressive.

PTC: Why should someone who has no connection to this show or its artists come see the show?

VD: The same reason any human should be open to any idea – because every unique experience you have shapes your perspective of the world. Great theatre adds great value to your life. Especially theatre made by this incredible lineup of artists.

PTC: If you could create a promotional tagline for this show, what would it be?

VD: Meat. Mystery. Murder.

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