A Program of the Pipeline PlayLab

Each year, the current PlayLab Class selects an existing folk story, myth, or fairytale from which they draw inspiration to collaboratively build an original play.

Throughout the course of the season, the PlayLab presents their work to the public twice, at A Night of Extraordinary Risk in November and at A Week of Extraordinary Risk: Reading Series in June. Together, our Extraordinary Risk programs exemplify Pipeline’s mission to challenge artists to go as far as they can dream, and then perhaps to push even further. Our PlayLab was designed to give artists space and time to create, completely free from logistical and financial concerns; to authentically build the wild plays they imagine. The Extraordinary Risk programs are our opportunity to invite our whole community in on this thrilling, rewarding, and courageous process.


A Night of Extraordinary Risk:
Corpse Backpack
November 16-18, 2017
A Tucked Away Space @ 915 Broadway, NYC

For this, the inaugural year of the program, the Class of 2018 selected the classic Indian folk tale, Baital Pachisi. The tale features a prideful king, a dubious sorcerer, a back-latching ghoul, innumerable daughters, and absolutely no sons. Join the PlayLab class of 2018 for a grand experiment in playmaking; a night of riddles, mystery, and, as always, a touch of magic.

Written by Rick Burkhardt, J. Julian Christopher, Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Jae Kramisen,
Kairos Looney, Divya Mangwani, Matt Minnicino

Directed by Jaki Bradley & Tom Costello*
Music by Deepali Gupta & Nate Weida*

Set by Christopher Bowser*
Lighting by Scot Gianelli
Costumes by Haydee Zelideth
Stage Management by Shayna Penn

Featuring Jermaine Golden, Liz Leimkuhler, Erik Olson*, Arshia Panicker, Omen Sade, and Jennifer Tsay+.

*Pipeline Ensemble Member
+Actors Equity Association Member – AEA Showcase Code