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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WATCH: Royalty, Peasantry

With exactly a month to go before our first performance, we’re pleased to release “Royalty, Peasantry,” a very short film inspired by Beardo. This is the first 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 “Royalty, Peasantry” below, and grab your Beardo tickets here.

VIDEO CREDITS:

Writer/Director: Colby Day*
Composer: Dave Malloy
Director of Photography: Suzi Sadler
Production Design: Christopher Bowser*
Costume Design: Katja Andreiev
Special Effects: Felicia Lobo
Editor: Janna Emig
Music Arrangement: Ian Axness
Audio Mixing & Editing: Chris Ryan
Audio Recording: Jack Counce
Wardrobe & Makeup: Isabella Pacanins
Special Thanks: Sue Gilad

Featuring: Alex Highsmith and Liz Leimkuhler
Music Performed by: Blake Allen, Alex Grubbs, and Sarah Elizabeth Haines

*Pipeline Theatre Company ensemble member

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Spotlight on Emily

emily-molerEmily Moler is a Brooklyn based director and arts administrator, making her Pipeline debut this February as one of our assistant directors for Beardo. She has developed work with UglyRhino, The Tank, Siti Company, The Dark Day Players, and 3LD. This summer she founded ODONATA and created We Can Tell, an exploration of the life of Leni Riefenstahl, for the 2017 SITI Lab. Learn more about Emily below, and grab your Beardo tickets today!

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

Emily Moler: Three years ago I visited the Yusupov palace, the site of Rasputin’s murder, and have been obsessed with Russian history ever since. I even have a replica of the 1912 Napoleonic Imperial Russian Faberge Egg, one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. I believe that we have a lot to learn from the rise and fall of the Romanov Dynasty. Beardo captures all of the mystery, magic, violence, and political fervor of the era and even makes you laugh while doing it. How could anyone resist?

PTC: Why do you perform the role you perform? Why directing?

EM: As a young director, I love having the opportunity to participate in and observe a rehearsal process for a large scale production. I always feel like I learn so much from observing any director that I assist and I love being able to apply those skills to my own practice.

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

EM: If I ruled the world I would be remembered for economic reform, environmental policies, and for my incredibly popular “We all scream for ice cream” initiative which seeks to install free soft serve machines in every gym across the globe.

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

EM: The music! The space! The people! How could I choose?

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

EM: The Bearded Network: You don’t get to 500 million disciples without making a few enemies.

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Spotlight on Felicia

feliciapicFelicia Lobo is Pipeline’s literary and community manager and has worked with us as a director for our last two Matchstick Series. She joins the Beardo team as assistant director. Felicia graduated from NYU Tisch in 2014, where she trained at the Atlantic Acting School, Stonestreet Studios, and CAP21. She has a craving for dark, mystical, horror theatre and founded Insomnium Theatre Company, along with Lauren Harris, in pursuit of that. Learn more about Felicia 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?

Felicia Lobo: My high school history teacher told me the story of Rasputin on a day the class seemed particularly bored. Every jaw in the class dropped. I remember looking my teacher in the eye and saying “no way”. Well… “way”.

PTC: Why do you perform the role you perform? Why directing?

FL: Collaboration…and collages. I feel like directing allows you to take many individual’s artistry and collage them into an experience. Being on the directing team with Ellie and Emily feels like an extremely exciting example of that. Also I obsessively made collages as a kid and directing feels like that.

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

FL: My enthusiasm, my intimate knowledge of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and my good jacket (if you know me, you know the jacket).

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

FL: We are all trying to understand how people receive their power. Money, last name, sex, God, violence, kindness? This show is a fascinating exploration of how power changes hands during an immense class divide. Also, the music is killer.

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

FL: Beardo, or The Well Endowed.

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Spotlight on Jenny

jenny-beth-snyderJenny Beth Snyder is working with Pipeline for the first time this February as production manager for Beardo. Jenny is a Tennessee born, New York based theater director, producer, and co-founder of theater company Fresh Ground Pepper NYC. Her most recent collaboration with the Shelter Theater company brought you the Red Room by Morgan McGuire. Jenny Beth holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the arts. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab in 2013. Learn more about Jenny Beth with our interview below, and grab you pre-sale tickets today before prices increase in the new year.

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

Jenny Beth Snyder: I’ve followed Pipeline’s work for awhile and have always admired the company. This seemed like a great first partnership.

PTC: Why do you perform the role you perform? Why production management?

JBS: I like making sense out of chaos, and I love looking at something and think- that’s impossible. And then say, okay great, let’s do this.

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

JBS: Looking at impossible things and finding possibility.

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

JBS: Because it is going to be a feat of great magnitude.

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