Week of Extraordinary Risk

A Program of the Pipeline PlayLab

Presented each summer, the Week of Extraordinary Risk (previously titled the Bonfire Series) is the culminating event of the PlayLab. In this play-reading festival, Pipeline premieres all 6-8 full-length plays developed over the course of the preceding season.


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.
Learn more with this interview with Amy

Friday, June 29, 7PM
Earth is Greedy
by Jae Kramisen | directed by Tara Elliott
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.
Learn more with this interview with Divya

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.
Learn more with this interview with Julian

Sunday, July 1, 2PM
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.
Learn more with this interview with Matt

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?


June 20 – 25, 2017
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave, NYC

Heart of Duckness
by A.J. Ditty | directed by Kevin Hourigan

The Troll King
by Aeneas Sagar Hemphill | directed by Emily Moler

The Holdfolk
by Taylor Edelhart | directed by Jaki Bradley

by Francesca Pazniokas | directed by Felicia Lobo

Trick of the Light
by Charly Evon Simpson | directed by Dina Vovsi

Bruise & Thorne
by J. Julian Christopher | directed by Lou Moreno

July 14 – July 24, 2016
South Oxford Space | 138 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn

Princess Clara of Loisaida
by Matt Barbot | directed by Nelson Eusebio

Eleven Shades of Blue
by Amy E. Witting | directed by Sash Bischoff

by Jacob Marx Rice | directed by Anna Strasser

Hags, Mopes, and the End of All Existence
by Jen Browne | directed by Tasha Gordon-Solmon

Girl Becomes Bone
by Callan Stout | directed by Jaki Bradley

The Mermaid Parade
by Gina Femia | directed by Erin Ortman

The Puppet Show
by Reina Hardy | directed by Anais Koivisto

July 9 – 19, 2015
South Oxford Space | 138 S. Oxford St, Brooklyn

The Convent of Pleasure
by Sarah Einspanier | directed by Portia Krieger

Untitled Time Dilation Play
by Colby Day | directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz

Hiding in Sanity: A Tragicomedy
by Rachel Music | directed by Courtney Ulrich

Nostalgia is a Mild Form of Grief
by Jerry Lieblich | directed by Lee Sunday Evans

by Jeremy Wine | directed by Kel Haney

Let Me Be Frank
by Salty Brine | directed by Jesse Thurston

by Claire Kiechel | directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz

Serpent in Quicksilver
by Adam Fried | directed by Chris Mirto