Pipeline Theatre Company to Present CLOWN BAR, Beginning 2/27

Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company will present the World Premiere of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. Staged in a Lower East Side "dive" bar, this environmental production is directed by Andrew Neisler. Previews begin February 27 at Parkside Lounge with opening slated for Friday, March 8.

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?

CLOWN BAR stars Shane Zeigler, Dan Tracy, Daniel Johnsen, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Noah Zachary, Jessica Frey, Claire Rothrock, Willy Appleman, Amir Wachterman, and Andrew Farmer. The production team includes Andy Yanni (Set & Prop Design), Robert Wuss (Lighting), Meghan Gaber (Costumes), Joseph Wolfslau (Sound Design), Turner Smith (Fight Direction), Ben Hobbs (Choreography), Ian Axness (Musical Direction & Accompaniment), Anna Lauren Farrell (Producer), Jes Levine (Production Manager), Kristin Bodall (Stage Manager), Darragh Garvey (Casting Director), Kevin C. Gall (Assistant Stage Manager), and Alicia Newkirk (Production Assistant).

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's directing credits include Folk Wandering at Ars Nova and Joe's Pub, BIO-HAZARD at the United Solo Festival, Bebe Zahara Benet's Creature, Von Waddlegrave at the Brooklyn Lyceum and Ars Nova. He is a member of the Directing faculty at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU/Tisch.

Founded in 2009, Pipeline Theatre Company makes theater of the imagination. Their company thrives on adventure and believes no story is worth telling without a little risk. Past productions include: Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle (2011 NY IT Award winner & ITBA Special Citation for Outstanding Production), Bekah Brunstetter's Fat Kids on Fire (directed by Tony-nominee Peter Frechette), Tim Chawaga's Sleepless City, Charles Busch's Psycho Beach Party, Colby Day's Felix & The Diligence, Giant Killer Slugs, and Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Love of The Nightingale and Ash Girl. For more info visit www.pipelinetheatre.org

CLOWN BAR runs February 27 & 28 at 8pm and March 1 - 23, Fridays & Saturdays at 9pm. Parkside Lounge is located at 317 E. Houston Street at Attorney Street -- accessible from the F train at 2nd Avenue. Tickets are $18 available at 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

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