CLOWN BAR Begins Performances this Weekend at The Box
After a critically acclaimed and extended run in 2013, Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company will present an encore engagement of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. It will be directed by Andrew Neisler. Originally announced to return to its original venue, the production will instead transfer to legendary clown haunt The Box beginning June 14. Opening is slated for June 21.
In CLOWN BAR, Happy's junkie brother Timmy is found dead, so he returns to his old clown life to ask a few questions. But can Happy go home again without getting sucked into the seedy clown underbelly of vice and violence? Put on your red nose, throw back your shot of extra-funny, and get swept into this immersive who-done-it as bad-guy-gone-good Happy Mahoney confronts his past in a vengeful attempt to solve his brother's murder.
CLOWN BAR stars Willy Appelman, Ian Axness, Salty Brine, Andrew Farmer, Jessica Frey, Daniel Johnsen, Ben Langhorst, Michael Lorz, Iris McQuillan-Grace, Cyndi Perczek, Claire Rothrock, Gianmarco Soresi, Dan Tracy, Amir Wachterman, Eric Williams, and Shane Zeigler. The production team includes Andy Yanni (Production Manager, Set & Prop Design), Joe Cantalupo (Lighting), Meghan Gaber (Costumes), Turner Smith (Fight Direction), Ben Hobbs (Choreography), Ian Axness (Musical Direction, Additional Music, & Accompaniment), Ari Schrier (Producer), Anna Lauren Farrell (Associate Producer) , Kristin Bodall (Production Stage Manager), Darragh Garvey (Casting Director), Colter Ogden (Stage Manager), and Heather McDevitt Barton (Wardrobe Supervisor).
Adam Szymkowicz studied playwriting at Juilliard and Columbia. The New York Times has called his plays, "sweet, sexy, neurotic friendly," "fabulously weird and weirdly fabulous," "weird but likable," "hysterical," and "disturbing but touching." His plays, which include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, My Base and Scurvy Heart, Incendiary, Fat Cat Killers, The Why Overhead, UBU, and Nerve, have been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, Primary Stages, The New Group, Southern Rep, Rising Phoenix, The Lark, Kitchen Dog, and Chicago Dramatists. He is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner. He also runs a blog where he has interviewed over 540 playwrights and his web series, Compulsive Love, is coming out soon. For more, go to www.adamszymkowicz.com.
Andrew Neisler is a Georgia-raised, Brooklyn-based theatre artist and director. Recent directing credits: The Gray Man (HERE Arts Center with Smith + Tinker), Charlatan (Ars Nova Project Residency), Shoot the Freak (Not Just 3 New Plays), Golden Baby: Good Point! (Ars Nova ANT Fest), Tape (Strasberg Institute), Folk Wandering (Ars Nova ANT Fest/Joe's Pub), Bebe Zahara Benet's Creature (XL), Alfridge Von Waddlegrave (Aggrocrag/Ars Nova ANT Fest). Artistic Director,Political Subversities. Co-Founder/Co-Director, Fresh Ground Pepper. BFA, NYU/Tisch. www.fgpnyc.com.