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.


June 17-23, 2019
Robert Moss Theater at Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette St, 3rd Floor, NYC

Monday, June 17th at 7:30
Let’s Hex the President
By Kristin Slaney | Directed by Jaki Bradley
Molly is an ethics law expert. Iris works at an occult store. DeeDee is a goth teen. Linda is a housewife. After Molly places an ad seeking coven members on meetup.com, the four of them start to meet monthly to cast spells on the current American governmentbut what starts out as innocuous soon takes a turn for the supernatural. Lets Hex the President is a play about witchcraft and anger and ritual and politics. 

Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30
By Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques | Directed by Skylar Fox
Part play, part participatory focus group, part collective fever dream, Society explores what happens when the silent contracts we make with one another are pushed to extremes.

Come in. Have a seat. Have some mixed nuts. Circle a number from 1 to 5. This is just the beginning.

Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30
When Bees Last Whispered
By Sevan K. Greene | Directed By Tom Costello
A nation-wide one-child policy. A couple expecting twins. An imminent planetary collapse. An angel just fell from the sky. And the bees are pissed off. Set in the near and distant future, When Bees Last Whispered explores the effects of overpopulation and our responsibility to an exhausted planet. How easy is the decision to kill one to save billions?

Thursday, June 20th at 7:30
The Ortiz Twins Are Coming Home
By Andrew Siañez-De La O | Directed By Tatiana Pandiani
Andrea and Mateo Ortiz have always seen their abuelo as a hero, but when an ancient Zapotec God reveals a dark family secret, the twins must journey back to the land of their ancestors to right a long forgotten wrong.

Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30
Office Comedy
By Sukari Jones | Directed By Tamilla Woodard
Office Comedy is a 9/11 office comedy. Its inspired by Sukaris experience working in Corporate America where The Empties tried to kill her. A play with music. (Also, it’s really a tragedy.)

Sunday, June 23rd at 3:30
By Sam Max | Directed By Mia Hull
Avery has spent her life stuck on the family farm, dreaming of the outside world. The ghost of her gold-toothed uncle won’t shut up, and her parents won’t stop licking a dead rabbit, so she hires a moonshine delivery boy to break her out.


June 27 – July 1, 2018
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave, NYC

feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me]
by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk | directed by Anne Cecelia Haney

Earth is Greedy
by Jae Kramisen | directed by Tara Elliott

Rise of the River
by Divya Mangwani | directed by Rebecca Martinez

House of Telescopes
by Kairos Looney | directed by Bonnie Jean Gabel

Bundle of Sticks
by J. Julian Christopher | directed by Christopher Burris

by Matt Minnicino | directed by Felicia Lobo

Five Hundred
by Rick Burkhardt | directed by Joshua William Gelb

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