Each year, the current PlayLab Class of Pipeline Theater selects an existing folk story, myth, or fairytale from which they draw inspiration to collaboratively build an original play. 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. Corpse Backpack is 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, K.T. 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.