Written by C. Julian Jiménez
Directed by Jesse Jou
Choreographed by Cesar Valentino


Bruise and Thorn are Nuyorican, queer, and tired af of their jobs at a busted up laundromat in Jamaica, Queens. But not for long: Bruise is saving up to become a chef (like on Chopped!), and Thorn spits bars on street corners, one America’s Got Talent audition away from becoming the Boricua Nikki Minaj. When the laundromat’s basement turns out to be an illegal cockfighting ring, the cousins can’t tell if this is an opportunity to cash out and become their most fabulous selves—or a trap to keep them locked into what everyone expects them to be.

March 4 – April 3, 2022
A.R.T./New York Theatres, Mezzanine Theatre
502 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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Please note that this show contains strobe effects, haze effects, and peanuts.

Run time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Jae W.B. as THORN
Fernando Contreras* as BRUISE
Zuleyma Guevara as MRS. GALLO
Carson Fox Harvey as LIZARD
and Lou Liberatore as OLD FART
Dancers/Ensemble: Jason Ford, Sijean Gonzalez, Ashton Muñiz, Billy Nugent, Kevin/a Matthew Taylor


Read what critics are saying about BRUISE & THORN:

“Bruise & Thorn counts a memorable authenticity among its best qualities—the work is very queer, very Latinx, very New York City” – NYTimes

INTO Magazine
Gay City News
Lighting & Sound America

Associate Director: Richard Mosqueda
Fight Choreographer/Intimacy Director: Denise Hurd
Rap Consultants: Brian Quijada and Marvin Quijada
Casting Director: Gama Valle for Bass/Valle Casting

Scenic/Props Designer: Sasha Schwartz
Costume Designer: Saawan Tiwari
Lighting Designer: Harbour Edney
Sound Designer: Matt Otto
Assistant Costume Designer: Billie Harmon

Production Manager: Alejandra Maldonado Morales
Production Stage Manager: Allison Raynes
Assistant Stage Manager: Cara Kienitz
Production Assistant: Will Torruella
COVID Safety Manager: Dylan Adams
House Manager: Melissa Denize

Press: Matt Ross, Claire Wojciechowski, and Grace Walker for Matt Ross PR
Advertising: Allan Shulman
Marketing Consultant: Francisco Mendoza
Social Media Manager: Nick Luis
Graphic Design: Alan Armendariz

*Pipeline Founding Member

Pipeline Theatre Company’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Bruise & Thorn is made possible by the generous support of the the Venturous Theater Fund, a fund of Tides Foundation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We would like to express our gratitude to Senator Chuck Schumer and his staff for the creation of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, without which Pipeline could not have continued with our programming this year.