Announcing the Folk Family Concert Line-Up!

This coming Thursday, March 22, we’re hosting a special acoustic concert following our performance of Folk Wandering to showcase the remarkable musicians and songwriters in our cast, band, and team who have contributed their time and talents to our show. The miraculous line up includes:

Blake Allen
Simone Allen
Bandits On The Run (Adrian Blake Enscoe, Sydney Torin Shepherd, Regina Strayhorn)
Mike Brun
Andrew R. Butler
DeMone Seraphin
Joel Esher
Magda Kress
Sam Leopold
Asa Lipton
Dan Tracy
Nicole A Weiss
Ellen Winter

Tickets to the concert are separate from Folk Wandering tickets that night, and can be reserved by suggested donation (pay $0 – $1,000,000, we just want to see your shining face there!). Click here to reserve a spot (space is LIMITED).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy Bandits on the Run.

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Spotlight on Simone Allen

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 assistant music director Simone Allen.

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?
Simone Allen: Since moving to New York last June, I’ve been lucky enough to meet/work with some members of the Folk Wandering team such as Mike Brun, Annie Tippe, and Joel Esher. Folk Wandering is clearly such a passion project with an amazing community of creative souls, and I’m so excited that I can join this community for the Pipeline off-Broadway production. I’m in love with this unique, eclectic score and the heart-wrenching/hilarious story.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
SA: I strongly identify with the concept of being a “wandering soul” literally and figuratively— I moved to Boston for college from San Francisco, I studied abroad for a semester in Edinburgh, and now I live in Brooklyn. I feel like I’ve been trying on many different identities in the past couple years, and recently I’ve found the ones that really fit. I’m fiercely loyal to my friends and family. And I try to maintain a sense of humor in just about any situation.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
SA: Guitar, big heart, exploration.

PTC: What first attracted you to music direction?
SA: I’ve always loved musicals, but I wasn’t sure how to participate in them since I don’t have a big musical theater voice and I’m not much of an actor.  I’ve been playing music my whole life and I started doing pit orchestra in high school on piano/flute. I started music-directing in my sophomore year of college and writing musicals junior year; I haven’t really looked back since then.

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
SA: I’m a singer/songwriter, music director, musical theater composer/lyricist, music arranger, etc. and I really just want to keep making good stuff with good people (and ideally support myself through music and theater!). Somewhere down the line I would like to have a dog and a good piano.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
SA: I don’t like cheese, I can lick my elbow, and I’ve been to ten countries.


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 DeMone

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 DeMone, who plays the dual roles of Rat and Alberto.

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?
DeMone: I was really most attracted to the musicality of the show. I loved that there were a number of composers on the project, but the play doesn’t feel schizophrenic musically. I appreciated how cohesive the music is. I also REALLY love how the play sneaks up on you emotionally. It really does catch you off guard. It’s beautiful, funny, and heart breaking.

PTC: What made you want to work on this project?
D: The creative team are just wonderful human beings. There is such joy in the room. This joy was palpable in every moment of the audition process. I couldn’t wait to have the chance to play.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
D: I’m in a space in my life where releasing things and people has been a wonderful and yet painful necessity. The need to release is what I most connect to.

PTC: Tell us about your character in Folk Wandering.
D: It’s funny to me because I think both Rat and Alberto are the joy and fun of the show. Alberto is raising and leading his family through a difficult time in our country’s history, he is raising a family on a factory worker’s salary (which is not very much. It’s very little! ) but he does so with such love, laughter, and joy. Laughter permeates the house even in tense moments. Rat, a regular at a local watering hole in Sweetser, Indiana is a trickster and loud mouth curmudgeon. On the surface he is gruff, but he loves his bar and the bartender, “Barkeep Immaculate”. Love and Laughter are the best way to describe my characters.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
D: A playful heart rending frolic through time.

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
D: Creating a safe space for children to explore, play and thrive through the arts.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
D: I ran for public office in Chicago. I have a doctoral degree. I’m almost finished with flight school.


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 Lena Hudson

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 Lena Hudson, who plays the role of Rosealia.

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?
Lena Hudson: I’ve been working on Folk Wandering for a long time and the show is very close to my heart. I think I was first attracted to the scope of the stories and the beauty of the music. But ultimately it’s the people that make this project so special, and so worth working on.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
LH: Rosie’s drive. Also, the Fabrisio family’s love of pasta!

PTC: Tell us about your character. 
LH: Rosealia Fabrisio is one boss bitch. She’s tough and refuses to settle for the lesser life. She’s driven, funny, observant, smart as hell and honestly my hero. She’s also 13, which means she thinks she’s always right (even when JUST MAYBE, she’s not). I love her.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
LH: 3 stories. Good music. Meatballs!

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
LH: I recently made my first film! It’s a short called Too Long at The Fair that I co-wrote/directed/starred in with OG Folk Wanderer Jessie Barr. And we’re currently applying to what feels like every film festival in America. It’s scary and exciting!

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
LH: Duck, duck, goose.


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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Folk Family Concert: March 22

In celebration of all the remarkable musicians and songwriters who have contributed their time and talents to Folk Wandering, we’re hosting an acoustic family concert on Thursday, March 22, at the theatre following the performance. Actors, musicians, and composers from the show will be sharing their own musical compositions and projects. Admission to the concert is separate from a show ticket, and is by suggested donation. Click here to reserve your spot!

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Spotlight on Seth Clayton

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 Seth Clayton, who plays the roles of Joey, Barkeep, and the Radio.

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?
Seth Clayton: My first encounter with this play happened around a fireplace in a cabin in upstate New York, at a Pipeline company retreat. We did a reading, and I read the voice of the radio, which details Bobby Lombardi’s escapades in Sweetser with unsettling accuracy and immediacy. It’s really great. I had had played voices of radios in TWO previous Pipeline shows— Giant Killer Slugs and Matchstick Series: Anywhere But Here. I resolved then and there to corner the onstage radio market.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
SC: I’ve always been pretty confused about what to do with my American inheritance. I openly criticize and question our nation’s traditions, values, and history, but in doing so, I’m exercising a hard-fought freedom that’s been passed down to me. It’s a huge privilege. So there’s this battle of gratitude and shame that often leaves me paralyzed and confused. I’m sure some of y’all relate. I think this play very honestly explores that confusion.

PTC: Tell us about your character in Folk Wandering.
SC: I play a few. Joey, is a young Italian-American who’s taking a terrifying leap into the American way of life. I already mentioned the Radio. Barkeep-Immaculate serves up drinks at the Patchy Tavern. He exists on another plane, living life by a mysterious philosophical code, and he knows how to put on a show. And then there’s Skaz-D. Still figuring him out.

PTC: If you were to write a tag line for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
SC: FOLK WANDERING: “You Will Be Found”  no one’s taken that right?

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
SC: Honestly, just singing. In a free and healthy way. It’s been something I’ve kinda chased all my life. But doing this show, and taking lessons with this amazing coach named Cris Frisco, has shown me that my singing voice is a lot closer than I think. I’m like giddy about it. It feels like a dream come true.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
SC: I am an award-winning drum major. I am an award-winning scat soloist. I am an award-winning hot air balloon pilot.


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 Magda Kress

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 Magda Kress, our Folk Wandering bassist.

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?
Magda Kress: I remember seeing some intriguing social media posts, and thinking “wow this sounds like such a great production, but I bet they’ve already hired the band…” Literally the next day, I got an email with my band offer, thanks to a recommendation from Simone Allen, the assistant music director. I love being a part of a new show as it grows and evolves throughout the entire production process, so Folk Wandering is right up my alley! 

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
MK: I think I relate most to the interwovenness of the stories. I always notice little things in life and my surroundings that seem to appear over and over again in small but significant ways.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
MK: “It’s a wild ride” which is what everyone kept saying to me when I would try to ask questions about the production before the first rehearsal…

PTC: What first attracted you to the bass?
MK: I love that the bass is such an integral part of almost any music ensemble, without being the sole focus. I prefer to be the glue that holds it all together!

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
MK: I really love playing bass for musical theatre productions, and my ongoing goal is to play bass for as many new and developing works as I can!

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
MK: I used to work on murder mystery train. I’ve played bass in at least five different productions of Les Miserables, but I’ve never seen it. I once gave the Pope directions to the bathroom.


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 Morgan Siobhan Green

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 Morgan Siobhan Green, who plays the role of Hanna.

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?
Morgan Siobhan Green: As a black woman, Hannah is like a dream come true. Often times on stage, women of color are just angry, bitter, and unsatisfied. Folk Wandering shows a woman who loves ferociously. Loving ferociously comes with a lot of gifts and a lot pain but both sides are worth exploring.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
MSG: I’ve dealt a lot with growing up quickly so there’s something really special regarding the younger girls’ stories in the show.

PTC: Tell us about your character in Folk Wandering.

MSG: Hannah is a wide-woman in Love. She puts her love for others before the love for herself. She finds herself running towards something that’s running from her. Hannah is definitely relatable because her strength comes through a harsh reality and yet, she’s better for having gone through all of it.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
MSG: America is everything and nothing it claims to be.

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
MSG: I’m writing a book and doggonit, I’m gonna finish it. (and go to Disney World).

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
MSG: I had a pet hedgehog, I voted for Donald Trump, and I was on Slimetime live!


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 Emmie Finckel

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 props designer Emmie Finckel.

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?
Emmie Finckel: I love that the show asks more questions than it provides answers. It doesn’t attempt to tie everything up in a nice neat bow at the end – but still takes care of the audience and encourages a spirit of community and togetherness.

PTC: What first attracted you to props?
EF: My grandparents were antique collectors and used to run a small antiques shop on their property in Bennington, VT. My grandfather died before I was born – so the shop was long defunct by the time I was old enough to care about it – but some of my earliest memories are of rummaging around all of the leftover stuff in the shop whenever I visited my grandma, admiring these strange and fascinating objects, wondering what histories they might hold. When she died – I took more stuff out of her house than anyone (which now all lives in my parents attic and will most likely end up on the Folk Wandering set…). Whether I’m designing scenery or props – I’m fascinated by the infinite histories and stories contained in physical spaces and objects, and love figuring out how to harness those qualities to tell new stories.

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
EF: Searching for meaning in an overwhelming amount of visual information!

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
EF: Americana: The Musical!

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
EF: Balance. In all senses of the word.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
EF: I can’t stand peanut butter. I have a tail. My favorite color is green.


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 Kim Blanck

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 Kim Blanck, who plays the role of Kai.

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?
Kim Blanck: Folk Wandering is one of those exceptional plays that truly has it all. It’s got beautiful, soulful music that will stay with you in your bones; goofy, don’t-take-it-too-seriously physical comedy; and unexpected, hard-hitting moments that remind you, quite simply, how remarkable it is to be alive and kicking. Jaclyn, Neisler and the band of collaborating composers have created something wonderful and unusual and unforgettable. Since Folk Wandering has so much dexterity in genre, I wanted that opportunity to play with wildly different characters, stretch my muscles musically, and dig deep into Kai’s Dust Bowl history. Also, having been a part of the original 2011 workshop, the chance to participate in this production was a unique and incredible one! I’m so excited to reconnect with longtime friends and reexamine the character of Kai seven years later. How special is that??

PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
KB: I’ve gotta say Hannah – her search for identity and fight for independence totally ring true for me. And I’d love to leave this experience with a little more of Kai’s strength. I absolutely look up to her her persistence, ferocity and no-holds-barred determination.

PTC: Tell us about your character.
KB: Desperately trying to stay alive in Escalante, Utah during the Dust Bowl era, Kai is at the end of her rope. She feels like she’s let herself down, she’s let her daughter down, and today is the day that she’s going to take that critical move toward changing her fate.

PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
KB: “You’re going to want to be here.”

PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
KB: The biggest dream I’m chasing right now is spending more time experiencing the world away from my technology crutches – i.e., step away from the Grey’s Anatomy reruns on Netflix, and step toward a park. (Though that Shonda Rhimes really does lay down some damn good lines.)

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
KB: I’ve been to Cuba. I’ve been to China. I’ve been to the Carolinas.

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