Introducing the 2017 Bonfire Series

The Bonfire Series, our annual play reading festival, is the culminating event of our PlayLab playwrights’ group. Through the PlayLab, we endeavor to support playwrights in turning their biggest, wildest ideas into finished scripts.

This year’s series features talking ducks, a fantasy king, Icelandic elves, singing taxidermy, furies, and, of course, magical chickens. View the full line-up below!

June 20 – 25, 7:30PM
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave, NYC
Suggested Donation: $10

by A.J. Ditty | directed by Kevin Hourigan
Tuesday, June 20, 7:30PM

It’s the Berlin Conference of 1884 and the world stands on the brink of war as delegates from every European nation gather to find a peaceful solution to the monstrous scramble for Africa. But every character is a duck. And we’re all corkscrewed.

by Aeneas Sagar Hemphill | directed by Emily Moler
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30PM

For many, the internet is a safe haven—but it can also be something more sinister. When a young gamer’s love goes unrequited, a breach of trust rocks the student body and fantasy and reality collide.

by Taylor Edelhart | directed by Jaki Bradley
Thursday, June 22, 7:30PM

Deep underneath the earth, a family of elves has pieced together something like a peaceful life. Then a Human shows up. A broken fairy story about learning how to live underground.

by Francesca Pazniokas | directed by Felicia Lobo
Friday, June 23, 7:30PM

A lonely taxidermist trains a mysterious child with terrifying talents to be his assistant in Wunderkammer—a play that blurs the line between human and animal, and life and death. It asks: how do we determine who is an “us” and who is “them”?

by Charly Evon Simpson | directed by Dina Vovsi
Saturday, June 24, 7:30PM

Aurora returns to her childhood home for some quiet, but soon realizes something is amiss. Her mother spends nights yelling on the porch and her aunt pulls the same tarot card every day. Not to mention the three mysterious, banshee figures she sees.

by J. Julian Christopher | directed by Lou Moreno
Sunday, June 25, 7:30PM

Bruise and Thorn work at a laundromat in Jamaica, Queens. Bruise dreams of becoming a chef and Thorn of changing the face of Hip Hop. When finances become strained, they get caught up in illegal activities sending them on a magical ride to make their dreams come true and get the hell out of Jamaica.

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Memorial Day: Playing Hot is BACK!

This Memorial Day, an old favorite is comin’ on back. Join us for a one-day-only jazz-concert-picnic-reading of Jaki Bradley and Kevin Armento’s PLAYING HOT.

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. With the help of 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 on the page.

Almost exactly one year ago, we presented a one-night only party version of the show, and this Memorial Day we’re bringing you a concert reading at the Target Community Garden in Bed-Stuy. Join us at 2PM, bring that picnic blanket and basket along with you. This is a community event, presented to the public free of charge. RSVP Now.

13344653_1032543033461596_9018441759733136629_nPhoto by Marcus Middleton from our 2016 production of Playing Hot.

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Bid Now On Our CharityBuzz Auction!

At our upcoming 6th Annual Gala we’ll have lots and lots of glamorous prizes, but you don’t have to wait until April 30…

Our CharityBuzz online auction has launched! Right now, this minute, you have access to our most luxurious lots! Bid now on:

  • 2 Premium Tickets to Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, with Backstage Tour and Meet and Greet with Josh Groban BID NOW
  • 2 Premium Tickets to Hamilton with Backstage Tour BID NOW
  • 4 VIP Tickets to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah BID NOW
  • 2 Tickets & Cocktails to a Taping of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live! plus Meet & Greet with Andy Cohen BID NOW
  • 2 VIP Tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers BID NOW
  • Spend a Half Day with John Early on the Set of Search Party BID NOW
  • Tour of Vogue Offices and Fashion Closet BID NOW

Wanna hold out for the Gala? That’s cool too. Click here for a listing of our silent auction offerings, including an exclusive tour of New York Public Radio Studios and tickets to Come From Away on Broadway with a backstage tour!

Don’t have your tickets yet? Snag em now! Supplies are limited!

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Introducing our Spectacular 2017 Silent Auction Prizes

At our upcoming 6th annual GALA you’ll have the chance to go home with a wide assortment of LUXURIOUS, STUPENDOUS, MIRACULOUS, utterly INCREDIBLE PRIZES!

Seven Night Mexico Vacation in La Paz
Enjoy a 7 night stay for up to 7 people in an incredible beachfront condo in La Paz, Mexico! Wake up each morning and watch dolphins swim by while you drink coffee from your private balconies. There is plenty of patio furniture, a gas grill, and amazing views of the Sea of Cortez and the City. Look down at the magnificent pool, restaurant, jacuzzi and volleyball courts below, or run downstairs and jump in!

A Pair of Premium Tickets to Broadway’s Come From Away with Backstage Tour
New York Times Critics’ Pick Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that put their lives on hold and opened their homes to this world of strangers. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

This breathtaking show written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Tony®-nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis), is hailed by The Washington Post as, “an exuberant antidote for what ails the American soul,” and Newsweek as, “a funny, charming and uplifting celebration that does what all the best musicals do: takes you to a place you never want to leave.” With our package, you’ll receive a pair of premium tickets to the show, and get escorted backstage following the performance by a member of the producing team, Natalie Gershtein, who also happens to be Pipeline’s very own producing director.

Exclusive Tour for 2 of New York Public Radio Studios
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 RadioLab, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Death, Sex, & Money, Snap Judgement, and Freakonomics Radio.

Swarovski Crystal Jewelry by Robert Sorrell
Sorrell Originals creates one-of-a-kind jewelry prized for its distinctive design. Sorrell jewels appear in the most prestigious collections in the world. All are unique. While there may be more than one version of some pieces, no two are identical. Most combine various types of Austrian, German or Czech crystal. More recent pieces also incorporate various synthetics like CZs, as well as hard stones and occasionally some wood or antique ivory carvings. The item available in our auction is a handmade, one-of-a-kind piece, created for the purposes of our gala by renowned designer Robert Sorrell himself. The piece is approximately 6 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide. Austrian cut Swarovski Crystal.

Dinner and a Show for 2 at 54 Below
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.

Four Night Mountain Escape in Napanoch, NY
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.

Mighty Nova Hot and Heavy Package
This package offered by our friends at Ars Nova includes a free tickets to KPOP (upcoming co-production with Ma-Yi Theatre and Woodshed Collective), and Lucky Ones (upcoming musical from The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher), as well as half price tickets to all comedy, music, and developmental programming (over 100 events), plus one half-price buddy ticket to each Ars Nova Off-Broadway show. You’ll also receive access to exclusive early ticket booking to ensure you get your first choice of show dates, as well as one half-price Bars Nova drink at every show.

VIP Tour of the Li-Lac Chocolate Factory and Li-Lac Chocolate Gift Basket
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).

A Pair of Tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway
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!

Exclusive Tour of the United Nations
Established on October 24, 1945, the United Nations promotes international cooperation and now includes 193 countries. The headquarters are located in New York City along the East River, and you’ll get an exclusive tour, led by a UN insider. This is not your average UN tour, you’ll get access to areas not available to the public and you’ll get to see diplomacy in action.

Pair of Season Subscriptions to Second Stage Theater
This package includes tickets to A Parallelogram by Bruce Norris, Somebody’s Daughter by Chisa Hutchinson, and Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein, as well as flexible ticket purchases, ticket exchange privileges, exclusive access to the best seats, discounts for friends, wine tastings, post-show discussions, and discounts at a number of NY’s best restaurants.

Sky Ting 10 Class Pass Plus $500 Gift Certificate to Outdoor Voices
The instructors at Sky Ting blend a medley of yoga lineages in their teaching. Cross-pollinating yogic material allows them to create something wholly new yet refined with rich substance and history. They braid a diverse pool of influences (Katonah, Taoist, Hatha and Vinyasa, as well as several different meditation and breathing practices) which they believe creates the strongest possible offering for the physical, emotional, and cultural health and well being of their wonderful community. They also believe this direction helps create the most passionate, responsive and nurturing learning experience for their students.

Sky Ting has been hailed as “fashion’s favorite yoga instructors” by the New York Times, so it’s only appropriate that this package also comes with a $500 gift certificate to Outdoor Voices. Outdoor Voices makes clothes for sweating in — interchangeable layers that play nice in any season or activity. From dog jogs to dodgeball, they’re after a wardrobe that spans gym-life and life-life without sweating the small stuff.

Pair of Tickets to ANIMAL at Atlantic Theater Company
The New York premiere of ANIMAL, by Clare Lizzimore, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurchl, and starring Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall, begins performances at Atlantic on May 24. Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career. So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.

Calligraphy Class with Nikki Petuss
Learn the basics of calligraphy and walk away with not only your very own pointed pen, but the knowledge of how to use it! Whether you’re dying to pen your latest play the old fashioned way, or saw some cute shit on Pinterest you’d like to replicate, this workshop is for you! In this intimate one-hour class we’ll cover (and you’ll be provided with) the supplies that will help you calligraph with success, how to get away with saying ‘to calligraph’ without sounding like a jerk, and the techniques that’ll have you writing like a hip scribe in no time.

Pair of Tickets to Sojourners & Her Portmanteau at New York Theatre Workshop
In a two-part theatrical event, NYTW Usual Suspect Ed Sylvanus Iskandar brings to life the singularly poetic world of playwright and NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia’s Sojourners and Her Portmanteau. Performed in repertory, these two chapters of Udofia’s sweeping, nine-part saga, The Ufot Cycle, chronicle the triumphs and losses of the tenacious matriarch of a Nigerian family. In Sojourners, a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles with the responsibilities of her arranged marriage as her husband becomes seduced by 1970s American culture. Intent on finishing her university studies so that she can return to Nigeria, Abasiama weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward. Decades later, the full impact of her decision erupts when Abasiama’s family is reunited in Her Portmanteau. As Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language and culture. Presented in two parts, this heartrending pairing probes into the ties that bind mothers and daughters and how we define home. Sojourners and Her Portmanteau are produced in association with The Playwrights Realm who premiered Sojourners last winter in a limited engagement world premiere production. Her Portmanteau is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

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Announcing Our Newest Board Member: Ray DeForest

We are proud to welcome Ray DeForest as the 9th member of Pipeline’s growing Board of Directors. Ray is the owner and operator of DeForest Theatricals, a new commercial theatrical production company based in New York City. The company is currently working on two new musicals heading to Broadway and is also working on taking a new dramatic play to the UK. Ray is a successful lifelong TV/ film/ event executive producer/ writer/ director/ developer and entertainment industry professional. Ray also works tirelessly as a fundraiser for national and worldwide LGBT charities and serves on the National LGBT Board for SAG/AFTRA. Ray also has a successful performing career and tours with his one “woman” shows as well as appearing regularly at Feinstein’s/54 Below. More About Ray

Pictured below (left to right): Jason Baruch (board member), Tom Costello (board member), Sydney Matthews (board member), Katie Priest (board member), Natalie Gershtein (producing director), Ari Schrier (artistic director), Geoff Berman (board member), Ray DeForest (board member). Photo by Suzi Sadler


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Introducing our Gala Performers and Speakers

This year’s Gala will feature extraordinary and uplifting speeches and performances, including preview performances from our next mainstage production, JACLYN BACKHAUSFOLK WANDERING.

Over the past six years, FOLK WANDERING has taken developmental steps at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, Fresh Ground Pepper, and most recently at the University of the Arts’ Polyphone Festival in Philadelphia. At our Gala, we’ll be joined by artists from every step of FOLK WANDERING‘s incredible journey to share never before seen performances from the show.

The performances will be directed by ANDREW NEISLER, with music direction by IAN AXNESS and will feature BLAKE ALLEN, MIKE BRUN, ANDREW BUTLER, ISABELLA CASTALDI, JOEL ESHER, ALIRIA JOHNSON, ROE HARTRAMPF, SUSAN D. MANDEL, KYLE STALSBERG, and ANNIE TIPPE. Plus additional appearances by KIM BLANCK, SETH CLAYTON*, FERNANDO CONTRERAS*, ANDREW FARMER, ALEX FAST, JESSICA FREY*, LENA HUDSON, PRESTON MARTIN, NICOLE WEISS, and more! The entire night will be hosted by our very own NICOLE SPIEZIO, and the evening will close with a very special set from our house DJ, SANAZ GHAJAR.

You’ll also hear from Pipeline Producing Director NATALIE GERSHTEIN, Artistic Director ARI SCHRIER*, Board Members GEOFF BERMAN and RAY DEFOREST, and a few very special words from BEARDO director ELLIE HEYMAN.

This will not be a night to miss. Snatch up your tickets today.


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Be Part of the PlayLab Class of 2018

Now entering it’s fifth season, 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 a one-act play and a full-length play over the course of our 9th season (July 2017-June 2018).

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.


“Pipeline’s PlayLab is a terrific incubator for new work. They provided me and my fellow playwrights with an environment where I felt safe to share raw pages, but also gave me the challenges and support I needed to craft a brand new play…I wish I could write everything this way.” – SCOTT MCCARREY, Class of 2014

Who Should Apply?

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 on something brand new that they haven’t quite figured out yet. Special efforts will be made to recruit a diverse group in terms of ethnicity, gender, educational and professional background, etc.

Our vision: we believe that an unbridled imagination is a force of magic with the power to provoke a more courageous and compassionate world.

Got questions about our mission and vision and if your work aligns with ours? We suggest you first familiarize yourself with our production history (specifically work produced from 2012 onward) as well as the work being developed in this year’s PlayLab. Still have questions? Contact our Director of Artistic Development, Tom Costello.

“Pipeline’s Playlab has provided me with the supportive, joyful, hilarious, brilliant space I need in order to create. I gain access to great minds every time I walk into our meetings. And there is laughter. And there is dedication. We are WORKING.” – SALTY BRINE, Class of 2015

What to Expect

PlayLab playwrights meet once a month to review pages of their projects with one another through cold readings and dramaturgical discussion. We strive to build a strong sense of community within our PlayLab, so each month the meeting travels to a different PlayLab or Pipeline artistic team member’s home. Often the host provides food, even drinks, for the group. PlayLab playwrights should be excited to work within a collaborative group atmosphere, and enjoy providing one another with constructive feedback. PlayLab playwrights will participate in the following programs:

  • Monthly Meetings (July 2017 – June 2018)
  • PlayLab Kick Off Event (August 2017)
  • Matchstick Series (November 2017)
  • Mid-Year Event (January 2018)
  • Annual Retreat (May 2018)
  • Bonfire Series (June 2018)

“Pipeline has taken care of me, listened to me, and inspired me in ways that I did not dare expect. I’ve found true friends and artistic collaborators and every meeting we had was not quite long enough.” – CLAIRE KIECHEL, Class of 2015

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Today we are proud to announce that our 2018 mainstage production will be the world premiere of Folk Wandering, a new musical conceived by Jaclyn Backhaus (Men on Boats) and Andrew Neisler (Clown Bar), featuring a book and lyrics by Backhaus and music and additional lyrics by collaborating composers Blake Allen (Boston|Nebraska), Mike Brun (Music Director, Mr. Burns), Andrew R. Butler (Finn the Fearless), Joel Esher (PharmaBro: an American Douchical!), Alex Fast (The Drawer Boy), Jo Lampert (Joan of Arc: Into The Fire), Barrie McLain (you’ll still call me by name), Annie Tippe (Director, Ghost Quartet), and Dominique Toney (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”). Set to premiere in early 2018, Neisler will direct.

Tales from tenement Manhattan, the deserts of Utah, and small-town Indiana are spun together in this sweeping new folk musical. With a book by acclaimed playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and an expansive score collectively built by a group of burgeoning New York singer-songwriters, Folk Wandering is an exploration of the hopes and heartbreaks that weave through our American fabric, and of the untold past that propels us forward.

Backhaus began developing Folk Wandering with Neisler in 2010, alongside an ensemble of nine of New York’s most exciting emerging songwriters. Since then, workshops have been presented at Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Fresh Ground Pepper, and the Polyphone Festival in Philadelphia, culminating in the 2018 world premiere production with Pipeline.

A special sneak peek of Folk Wandering will be presented at our Gala on April 30, 2017 at (le) poisson rouge. Gala attendees will get an exclusive first look at never before seen performances from Folk Wandering and the chance to meet with the artists involved. Tickets to the event are available now and are limited. Snatch ’em up today!


Jaclyn-BackhausJACLYN BACKHAUS (Co-Conceiver, Book and Lyrics) is an Indian-American playwright and a creative director for Fresh Ground Pepper. Her play Men on Boats was a NYT Critics’ Pick for its productions in Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks and Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. It was named a Kilroys play in 2015 and received its Chicago premiere at ATC in early 2017. Other works include People Doing Math Live! (Under The Radar Festival’s INCOMING! Series at The Public Theater), The Incredible Fox Sisters (Live Source), and You on the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, The Hypocrites in Chicago). She has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons, MTC, EST and Ars Nova and is the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb. Her work has been developed and showcased with the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Playwrights Horizons, The Public and Joe’s Pub, The Ice Factory Festival, (not just) 3 New Plays, The Civilians R&D Group, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ars Nova’s ANTFest, and The Falcons. BFA: NYU. She hails from Phoenix, Arizona.

Andrew-Neisler-v2ANDREW NEISLER (Co-Conceiver, Director) is a Georgia-raised, Brooklyn-based theatre director and producer. He is a Creative Director at arts incubator Fresh Ground Pepper (, where he has curated and presented work from over a thousand New York City writers, directors, actors, dancers, musicians, and more. Select directing credits include Cesar Alvarez’s The Elementary Spacetime Show (FringeArts), NY Times’ Critics Pick The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe (Ars Nova/Williamstown Theatre Festival), Andrew Farmer’s critically acclaimed The Gray Man (Pipeline Theatre Company), NY Times’ Critics Pick Clown Bar (Pipeline/The Box), and Drama Desk nominated Charlatan (Ars Nova). Currently, he is under commission at Ars Nova developing Bull’s Hollow, a trilogy of theatre and music, with frequent collaborators Jaclyn Backhaus and Mike Brun; working with Cesar Alvarez on his new musical NOISE; and collaborating on a joyful jazz-theatre show with Sammy Miller and the Congregation as part of Ars Nova’s 2017 Makers’ Lab. He has developed new theatre with Naked Angels, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamston Theatre Festival, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYU, University of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons, and more. He is a Teaching Artist at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Civilians R&D Group, and Ars Nova’s Director Residency.

Blake-AllenBLAKE ALLEN (Collaborating Composer) is a composer and violist. Blake made his classical debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has had a solo show at 54 Below. Shows include Folk Wandering (SoHo Rep/Ars Nova/Joes Pub) shards, HOCKET, Boston|Nebraska. Other credits: Ring them Bells (Live from Lincoln Center/PBS), 2014 artist in residence at the Banff Centre, ...Very Marti Christmas (54 Below), Carnivorous (Magic Future Box) and five years under Rob Fisher. In development: To the Lighthouse, Marnie, 7 Swans.



Mike-BrunMIKE BRUN (Collaborating Composer). Theater credits include: Music Director/Onstage Musician for Mr. Burns (Playwrights Horizons, 2013); Orchestrator/Onstage Musician for Twelfth Night (Delacorte, 2016); Music Director/Arranger/Onstage Musician for Tumacho (Wild Project 2016); Co-Arranger/Onstage Musician for Old Hats (Signature, 2016; American Conservatory, 2014). Composer of Bull’s Hollow (in development as a commission for Ars Nova). 2014-15 Civilians Research & Development Group. 2014 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project.



Andrew-ButlerANDREW R. BUTLER (Collaborating Composer) is a composer, writer and performer. With Andrew Farmer he has written Finn the Fearless (Theatre Aspen, Polyphone Festival), Blessing (PHTS commission), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (TheatreWorksUSA commission), and American Cryptids (Civilians R&D); With Anna Kerrigan: The Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theater Festival). Also, (Parkland/Weathers) (FGP). Founding member of experimental theater company harunalee; alumnus of Ars Nova’s Uncharted Group, FGP’s PlayGround PlayGroup, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Yale Institute for Music Theater, and NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing.



JOEL ESHER (Collaborating Composer) is thrilled to be a part of the collaborative creative team on Folk Wandering. Off-Broadway: PharmaBro: an American Douchical! (music, additional lyrics; Players Theater, w/Lauren Gundrum). New York: Sammy Spider (music; Kauffman Concert Hall w/Rebecca Schoffer), Superhots! (Soundbites Festival w/Blair Bodine). Joel is a participant in the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, and is the music supervisor for the Story Pirates. Education: B.M. in Music Direction and Opera from Northwestern University, where he contributed music/lyrics annually to the Waa-Mu show.


Jo-LampertJO LAMPERT (Collaborating Composer) is a Brooklyn-based performer, producer, and DJ (going by the moniker: dj over easy). Selected NYC credits: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater, directed by Alex Timbers, music by David Byrne); The Lucky Ones (upcoming 2018, directed by Anne Kauffman, music by The Bengsons); Hundred Days (Under the Radar Festival, directed by Anne Kauffman, music by The Bengsons, Jan 2017); Jo Lampert in the Lounge – a solo cabaret (Ars Nova); Rimbaud in NY (BAM, directed by Steve Cossons for the Civilians); New York Animals (Directed by Eric Tucker/Bedlam, new music by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater); Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC, directed by Rachel Chavkin). In 2014, Jo toured the world with the band tUnE-yArDs. Civilians Associate Artist; BFA, NYU Tisch.

Barrie-McClainBARRIE McLAIN (Collaborating Composer). NYC-based performing artist and creator. 1/3 of the band Plastic Angel, currently recording with Brooklyn indie hip-hop producer Willie Green. Onstage: Siren in Kansas City Choir Boy starring Courtney Love and Todd Almond (Prototype NYC; A.R.T. Boston; C.T.G. LA; Arsht, Miami), backup singer for Julie Klausner Live (Joe’s Pub, The Bellhouse), choir leader/producer for Sherie Rene Scott’s All Will Be Well and Lovestream, vocalist for Sonya Tayeh and The Bengsons’ you’ll still call me by name (Judson Memorial Church, NYLA), featured soloist with Fresh Ground Pepper’s Camp Over There (Bonnaroo), chanteuse Lillian O’Malley in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. Recent performances at Lincoln Center, the Feminist Power Awards, La MaMa, Ars Nova. BFA NYU Tisch. #BLM.

Annie-TippeANNIE TIPPE (Collaborating Composer) is a director and creator of new work. Directing includes Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet (The Bushwick Starr, etc); Anne Washburn’s When the Tanks Break (Drama League); Washeteria (Soho Rep); Aaron/Marie (w/Rachel Chavkin, Incoming! @ Under the Radar); Far Away (Harvard University); Cowboy Bob (Ars Nova); I Heard Sex Noises (Ars Nova) and Blue Plate Special (ANT Fest). Creator/Director of web series BASIC WITCH. Performance includes Folk Wandering and I’m Miserable but Change Scares Me (New Saloon). Ars Nova’s 2016 Director-in-Residence, Drama League Fall Directing Fellow, WTF Directing Corps, New Georges Audrey Resident.


Dominique-ToneyDOMINIQUE TONEY (Collaborating Composer) is an actress, singer, & songwriter from Los Angeles. Her debut album “A Love Like Ours” was in the Top 10 selling soul albums on Amazon during its debut month. She has appeared on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW) and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS) & can be found in various national commercials, including spots for McDonald’s, the NBA, Sony, Walmart, & Payless Shoes. Dominique is an avid dog lover, amateur gourmet chef, and proud NYU Alum.

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Join us for our first ever Residency Reading: ON THE ASCENT

Earlier this season we were pleased to launch our first ever Playwright-in-Residence program. Our inaugural Playwright-in-Residence, A.P. Andrews, will share the culmination of his year-long residency with two reading presentations of his new play, On the Ascent, on March 17. Join us at 1:30PM or 7PM. Make your reservation today!

We are pleased to present our Residency Reading to the public free of charge. Though, a little donation never hurt nobody 😉


written by A.P. Andrews
directed by Lauren Z. Adleman

Featuring Sam Gonzalez, Sam Im, Allan K. Washington*, Dana Watkins*

Design Consulting by Heather McDevitt Barton
Movement Consulting by Matthew Bovee

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

*These actors appearing courtesy Actors Equity Association

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The Reviews Are In

The reviews are in and critics are loving Jason Craig and Dave Malloy’s Beardo! Check out the early press below, and grab your tickets now! Do not wait, Beardo is only playing through March 5!

Beardo is a louche, lewd and assertively weird fantasia on the life of Rasputin. Dave Malloy’s score is enjoyably eclectic, borrowing from disco, jazz, rock and folk…”
The New York Times

Sexy, twisted, and mysterious, the legend of Rasputin gets a further imaginative boost here with the presence of the bewitching Damon Daunno (Hadestown) in the lead; he’s likely to cast more than just one spell on audiences.”
The Village Voice, Critics’ Pick

Beardo is near brilliant, played with pitch-perfect timing by the cast, particularly Damon Daunno, in a star-making turn… It is pure pleasure.”
The Daily Beast

“…an unforgettable theatrical experience. Malloy employs an eclectic mix of styles for a score that is both tuneful and daring resulting in stunning vocal performances throughout and the most breathtaking first act finale this side of Les Misérables.”



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