Little Island Artists-In-Residence and Storytelling Festival curators PigPen Theatre Co. present an evening of past favorites from their albums and musicals, share new stories and poems, and debut a handful of brand new songs. Joined by some of their favorite friends and collaborators, this show will celebrate connection, collaboration and friendship.
Eric Berryman, Saxophone
Liz Hanley, Violin
Riley Mulherkar, Trumpet
Sam Wells, Guitar
PigPen & Friends runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.
THE MANY MEN
THE ONLY SONG
THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY
PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. They have since performed, produced, and licensed their original plays in New York City and all over the world – earning them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more, ranking them in the top ten theatrical events of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.
PigPen Theatre Co. were the first group to win the NYC Fringe Festival’s top honor for a play two years in a row (2010/11) and have gone on to win IRNE (2012, 2015) and Jeff Awards (2014) for their theatrical productions. In 2016, Sir Trevor Nunn invited PigPen to be a part of his first American acting company for a production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles.” In recent years, PigPen premiered their musical adaptation of “The Tale of Despereaux” (at The Old Globe and Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and workshopped their upcoming musical adaptation of “Water for Elephants” (in collaboration with Rick Elice). They are currently writing stage musical adaptations of The Tale of Despereaux and Water for Elephants and will soon debut their interactive theatrical experience, “The Phantom Folktales,” for Richard Branson’s groundbreaking cruise line, Virgin Voyages.
ERIC BERRYMAN Eric is a Baltimore born, NYC based actor. In middle school he did not take the clarinet nor band class seriously and instead began to devote his time to plays and musicals and acting in them. This caused him to become the black sheep of his musical family. He tried to rectify this after college when he purchased a used trumpet and began self study. It did not stick and the trumpet lay under his bed for years. Then in 2018 he inherited one of his grandfather’s saxophones…that horn has never seen the bottom of a bed.
LIZ HANLEY is a musician who straddles the bounds between folk, rock and theater. Trained in classical violin and voice at NYU, marinated in Irish traditional music and tumbled in the rock n roll dryer, Hanley is a “versatile performer” according to The Irish Echo. Vents Magazine states “Liz Hanley is a singer with the sort of crystal-clear, instantly ingratiating voice that has always been a hallmark of progressive folk-rock” and Irish Music Magazine write “Liz Hanley has that uncanny knack and the distinctive voice to reawaken our interest in the familiar…” She’s been an active member of the Irish American traditional music collective The Green Fields of America led by esteemed folklorist and musician Mick Moloney and the pop-infused prog-folk-rock band Frogbelly And Symphony. Hanley’s debut album The Ecstasy of St Cecilia was hailed a “gentle work of beauty” by FolkWorld.
RILEY MULHERKAR Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” by The New York Times, praised by The Wall Street Journal as a “youngster to keep an eye on,” and is a 2020 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist Award for his work as “an original bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, community activist and advocate for jazz and the arts.” Riley works with a number of leading artists of our time, including Wynton Marsalis, Anna Deavere Smith, and Alan Cumming, and is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that creates the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Riley also serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at Joye in Aiken, bringing leading young talent to the historic city of Aiken, South Carolina.