Three sisters, who are maybe older than time itself, who live in an apartment in bushwick

The Pipeline reading premiere of Matt Minnicino’s wyrd is coming to the Week of Extraordinary Risk on July 1, 2PM. In advance of the reading, we learned more from Matt about this new play focused on fate, magic, language, sisterhood, and quite possibly the end of the world.

Learn more in our interview below and reserve your seat now for wyrd, July 1, 2PM, Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave, NYC).

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?
Matt Minnicino: It’s about three sisters, who are maybe older than time itself, who live in an apartment together in Bushwick — and really I’m happy to let the rest be a surprise! It’s also about anger, power, love, fate, control, humanity, and there’s a bit in it about spicy curry.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play?
MM: wyrd actually started life as a totally different play, called anon, which I wrote while in residency with Brooklyn’s Exquisite Corpse and ran in a festival at HERE Arts. I was enraptured by the concept of three unfathomably-powerful sisters holding sway over the fate of humanity (from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and countless instances in mythology), but living secretly alongside mankind. Maybe I watched too much Charmed as a kid. But, though the cast and team executed the play adroitly as could be hoped, I was deeply unsatisfied with the text and slid the draft onto a dusty shelf for years. When I met Felicia Lobo in 2016 and we got to talking about horror theatre and how to make magic onstage, I got swept up in a flood of possibilities, basically set the old script on fire and rooted around in the ashes for the beginnings of a new, 95% different play which (so far) is a lot more fun, a lot more angry, a lot more hopeful, and a lot more, uh, weird.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?
MM: Pipeline has, not once, hesitated to encourage the impossible. I love the sorcery of theatre, writing things that are “unstageable,” and Pipeline has pushed us all to embrace every one of those impulses. In wyrd I get to try and terrify, awe, enrapture, or totally mystify an audience without worrying about what “makes sense.” Part and parcel with this has been the joy of discovering this play’s strange, messy, magical world. There’s a lot in there about the hidden underside of history, and the three of the play’s five characters are almost totally unrestrained by reality. They could stop time, pluck thoughts out of your head, shift the course of global events with a blink — but what holds them back is knowing how much power they have. Working in the space of theatre and not film or literature, you have to come up with creative ways to convey that someone can transcend everything we know and accept to be true, and that’s been an absolutely thrilling challenge.

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.
MM: There’s really no scene in which something kinda strange doesn’t happen but, if I had to pick: in wyrd some characters forget things by regurgitating grapes that contain memories and then crushing them.

PTC: Are you working on anything else?
MM: Oh, so many things! The very question is a thudding reminder of just how much I have on my plate, but thankfully it’s a lot of wonderful, stimulating art-making and collaboration. Currently I’m on commission to adapt Anna Karenina, the entire Oresteia, an obscure Maxim Gorky play, dramaturging a queer adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, developing a post-apocalyptic short film about a world with no men, and (in my free time) an epic modern adaptation of Pinocchio.

PTC: What’s next for you?
MM: Besides workshops of all those things mentioned above, in about two weeks I’m trotting down to my home state of Virginia to teach theatre and Shakespeare to high-schoolers at the beautiful American Shakespeare Center. In a nice, notable bit of irony given the subject matter of wyrd, I’ll be directing Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. You know, the play where a guy sells his soul to the Devil.

ABOUT wyrd

by Matt Minnicino | directed by Felicia Lobo
Sunday, July 1, 2PM
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave
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In a basement apartment in Bushwick, three sisters wield unfathomable power over fate and time — but how they use that power isn’t up to them and never has been. One sister falls in love. Another falls in hate. The third tries to keep the other two from falling. The City is in a heat wave, and a war is coming.

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Examining the difference between gender and sexuality

The Pipeline reading premiere of J. Julian Christopher’s Bundle of Sticks is coming to the Week of Extraordinary Risk on June 30, 8PM. In advance of the reading, we learned more from Julian about this new play focused on gender, sexuality, gay conversion therapy, and the Aboriginal God of Erections.

Learn more in our interview below and reserve your seat now for Bundle of Sticks, June 30, 8PM, Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave, NYC).

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?
J. Julian Christopher: The play has evolved since its inception. At first, I thought I was writing about the dangers of gay conversion therapy, which of course is an aspect of the play. Upon completion of the first draft I realized that I was examining the often confused differences between gender and sexuality. How does the world measure masculinity and femininity? What are the expectations of each and how are those who don’t define themselves in the binary treated? 

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play?
JJC: I’ve been wanting to write this play since my visit to Australia in 2012. It took about five years of research and brainstorming to begin writing it this past year. I think I was afraid to write it, because of the magnitude of the play. PlayLab really helped me tackle the fear head on, and I just went for it. I’m happy I completed a draft. I can’t wait to pick it apart. It has been a long process.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?
JJC: Each actor plays at least two characters without significant costume changes and preconceived notions of a gender binaries. That’s exciting to me. I love seeing actors transform just through the use of their bodies.

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.
JJC: There is a genital sniffing symphony that leads to a naked rebirth of one of the characters.

PTC: Are you working on anything else?
JJC: Currently, I am turning my first play, Nico Was a Fashion Model, into a young adult novel. I’m also in the research stage of a new play about 80’s Freestyle Dance music.

PTC: What’s next for you?
JJC: I will be spending July at PlayPenn Theatre Conference workshopping Bruise & Thorn, which I wrote a first draft for last year during PlayLab. I’m excited to work on the play further and so thankful to Pipeline Theatre Company for supporting the work last year. 

About Bundle of Sticks

by J. Julian Christopher | directed by Christopher Burris
Saturday, June 30, 8PM
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave., NYC
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Gay men from across the globe go deep into the outback of Australia for a secret gay conversion therapy retreat. When they arrive, they are not only challenged by Otto, their toxically masculine group leader, but also by Ungud, the Aboriginal God of Erections.

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Reckoning with the idea of what is “feminine”

The Pipeline reading premiere of Amy Gijsbers van Wijk’s feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me] is coming to the Week of Extraordinary Risk on June 28, 7PM. In advance of the reading, we learned a bit more from Amy about the seeds of inspiration for this project, namely culture’s impact on our notion of the “feminine,” the patriarchy, capitalism, and some good old-fashioned Aristotle inspired anger.

Learn more in our interview below and reserve your seat now for feminine octagon [or,aristotle can eat me], June 28, 7PM, Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave, NYC).

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?
Amy Gijsbers van Wijk: This high-energy, bizarro dark comedy is attempt to reckon with ideas of what is “feminine,” and the ways in which culture (especially the Internet), patriarchy, and capitalism all calibrate, commodify, and complicate how we (“we” being everyone, but most esp. womxn, femme, & female-identifying people) experience it; how femininity also means there’s often an underlying physical/emotional threat of harm. The “octagon,” in the title is meant to describe the structure of the play, and toy with the concepts of the (so often described) cis-male-orgasm-mirroring Aristotelean play structure and inherently- feminine circular play structure. I’m seeing what it would be like to blend those into an octagonal shape (taking edges/climaxes/conflicts and a more macro circular build into some hybrid shape). A colleague described the play as a “feminine self-help/healing ritual,” and if that is even slightly true for others’ experience of the play, I’ll be over the moon.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play?
AGW: I started writing the play without knowing if I’d ever use the initial ten pages to make anything. I scrabbled together those ten pages in about eight minutes of furious writing, a few months before PlayLab applications, and then shelved it. When I was putting my application together for PlayLab and trying to decide what I was going to pitch, suddenly this idea of what those ten pages could become felt really clear — it was a confluence of things I’d been thinking about a lot in my own life, as an artist and as a femme person. I was excited by the idea of turning something a little “throw-away” (not knowing what I’d do with those 10 pages) into the heart of a bigger piece, because it felt challenging, and scary, and like a bit of a bargain — committing to the idea that these wild impulses could become, thematically, the support a whole play. 

I also spent a lot of time in graduate school studying, and being deeply frustrated with, the expectations and limits of plot and Aristotelian structure. One day, I was in a meeting with my professor, Rob Handel, and I think we were going over an outline that I’d made, specifically to hammer out the plot of a play. I said, “You know, sometimes when I’m working on plot, I . . . am filled with this deep sense of rage, like physically, in my body. And I understand why I have to be able to [have this skill as a writer] but I am also full of anger.” There was a pause, and then he said, “That’s interesting. I think maybe you should use that anger in a play.” I think that a lot of that anger has found its way into feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me]. So I guess you could also say it started there.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?
AGW: I’ve tried to create a play that feels authentic and centered around the experiences of womxn, that assumes they are my audience, they are who the play is for. That’s been really exciting, and also lets me see the ways I’m socialized to assume and explain things, in an effort to help out the patriarchy, to center and make men comfortable, in my writing and as a person. Which is equally awful and exciting. I’m thrilled to try and hold space for the intense spectrum of femininity, of feelings around that. Also, there is tons of weird movement in and out of worlds, a chorus, a karaoke performance, a giant party, Mary Shelley, people turning into reptiles — it’s a play that’s steeped in images and transformation and rhythm in a way that I can’t wait to hear, and hear how people react to it. 

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.
AGW: When Allure and Candy are in the middle of getting ready for a night out, Orpheus descends . . . it is unclear from where, or exactly what his deal is. 

PTC: Are you working on anything else?
AGW: I’m working on a play about mainstream kink/BDSM pornography called DIRTY DIRTY, and I’m in the middle of writing a pilot as a part of the Tank’s Pilot Writing Group.

PTC: What’s next for you?
AGW: I’ll be in residency with Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Retreat this summer, working on a brand new play.

About feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me]

by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk | directed by Anne Cecelia Haney
Thursday, June 28, 7PM
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave
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Allure and Candy become goddesses. A man falls from the sky. Flowers + Mary Shelley fall in love. & cam girl Eurydice_19969 wants to make that ca$$$h. feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me] is one hour, one night, one hundred nights in the search for an unforgettable, life-changing party.

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Introducing Our Week of Extraordinary Risk

Our Week of Extraordinary Risk (formerly the Bonfire Series) features world premiere bold and imaginative play readings from our PlayLab Class of 2018 and will take place June 28 – July 1 at the Jefferson Market Library. Through the PlayLab, we endeavor to support playwrights in turning their biggest, wildest ideas into finished scripts.

This year’s series features witches, demons, lots of gods, not nearly enough words, a lunar explosion, and the internet. Scroll down to check out the full series schedule and reserve your tix (by suggested donation) today!

Thursday, June 28, 7PM
feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me]
by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk | directed by Anne Cecelia Haney
Allure and Candy become goddesses. A man falls from the sky. Flowers + Mary Shelley fall in love. & cam girl Eurydice_19969 wants to make that ca$$$h. feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me] is one hour, one night, one hundred nights in the search for an unforgettable, life-changing party.

Friday, June 29, 7PM
Earth is Greedy
by Jae Kramisen | directed by Sarah Blush
The Moon explodes apart in the sky. Fire and flood ensue as a strange disease begins to spread. The lives of three women haunted by trauma intersect as reality and nightmare collide. Who can you trust when the world is on fire?

Saturday, June 30, 3PM
Rise of the River
by Divya Mangwani | directed by Rebecca Martinez
The river Indus, the heartbeat of civilization in Sindh, disappears. Sohni, the daughter of the river, falls in love on the eve of her wedding – with another man. The God Jhulelal desperately tries to keep the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs united. As Sindh erupts in chaos, the lowly Hilsa fish may be the only one who can save them all.

Saturday, June 30, 5:30PM
House of Telescopes
by KT Looney | directed by Bonnie Jean Gabel
An estranged witch in Minneapolis has buried herself in a historical opera shes writing for lost trans-ancestors. Meanwhile, her mother accidentally conjures a homesick demon, her best friend is addicted to martyrdom, and her sister wants to fix everything yesterday.

Saturday, June 30, 8PM
Bundle of Sticks
by J. Julian Christopher | directed by Christopher Burris
Gay men from across the globe go deep into the outback of Australia for a secret gay conversion therapy retreat. When they arrive, they are not only challenged by Otto, their toxically masculine group leader, but also by Ungud, the Aboriginal God of Erections.

Sunday, July 1, 2PM
wyrd
by Matt Minnicino | directed by Felicia Lobo
In a basement apartment in Bushwick, three sisters wield unfathomable power over fate and time — but how they use that power isn’t up to them and never has been. One sister falls in love. Another falls in hate. The third tries to keep the other two from falling. The City is in a heat wave, and a war is coming.

Sunday, July 1, 4:30PM
Five Hundred
by Rick Burkhardt | directed by Joshua William Gelb
In this play, each character may speak only 500 words before falling forever silent. So how can they form relationships, have kids, build legacies, or solve the mystery of the missing painting? And why does that one guy talk so much?

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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.

Three Night Mexico Canyon Adventure | Value: $250
Enjoy three nights in a private room at rustic Entre Amigos in the Copper Canyon, Mexico. This package comes with a private room for two and a three night stay (with the option to extend for an additional fee). Since 1975, Entre Amigos has been the place to stay for those looking to hike the rugged and magnificent terrain of the Copper Canyon or just to relax and absorb the spectacularly beautiful setting.

The Copper Canyon (located 600 miles south of the Mexican border in the state of Chihuahua) is composed of a network of gorges that makes it several times the size of the Grand Canyon. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color, which is where the name originates. There are many ways to explore Copper Canyon, including hiking, biking, driving or horseback riding. The most popular way is by train!

Once you arrive the friendly Entre Amigos staff will help you arrange for guided day trips or for longer hiking, camping, and fishing trips. Everyone staying at Entre Amigos has access to a kitchen and shares whatever they have in abundance from their gardens (usually November through March) and trees (lemons and grapefruit most of the year, other things seasonally). For guests wanting to learn something practical they can arrange classes in cooking and other homestead skills such as stone fence construction and making and using adobes and bricks.

This is a trip made for those looking for true outdoor adventure. You should be aware that the facilities are outhouses, including three composing toilets and two that flush.

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).

Modo Yoga 10 Class Pass | $170
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.

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!

Gift Box from Harlem Candle Company | Value: $240
This package includes four unique candles as well as two room sprays from Harlem Candle Company. Founded by travel expert and WeWork member Teri Johnson, her candle collection pays homage to jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker and celebrate iconic places like the Savoy Ballroom and the classy Harlem neighborhood of Sugar Hill.

A Pair of Tickets to 2nd Stage’s Straight White Men | Value: $298
This world premiere production of Straight White Men, written by Young Jean Lee, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, and starring Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty Defore, Armie Hammer, and Paul Schneider Tom Skerritt, is playing on Broadway at the Hayes Theatre for 10 weeks only! It’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can’t answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they are forced to confront their own identities. Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee takes a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama. This is one white Christmas like you’ve never seen before.

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.

Artwork by Stephanie Buscema | Value: $250
This package comes with two framed art pieces (11×17 and 9×12), 3 patches, and 2 pins by artist Stephanie Buscema. Stephanie is a popular and acclaimed artist and cartoonist based out of Huntington, NY. Her clients include Archie Comics, Marvel, Entertainment, Penguin, Disney Parks, Disney Books, among others. Her work is inspired by old picture books, antique packaging, vintage fabrics, old treasures, and of course, Halloween. Her goal as an artist is to conjure feelings of nostalgia and whimsy through image making.

A Pair of Tickets to Desperate Measures at New World Stages | Value: $178
Desperate Measures (book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg, music by David Friedman, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino) is the winner of the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Best Musical and Off Broadway Alliance Best Musical Awards. It is now performing at New World Stages after a sold-out run at the York Theatre. When the dangerously handsome Johnny Blood’s life is on the line, he must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters including a mysterious sheriff, an eccentric priest, an authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Before the sun sets, will they rise up and pull off the greatest caper yet, or will Johnny be left hanging? This witty and wild new musical comedy takes the Bard’s Measure for Measure and shakes things up.

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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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