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The Convolution of Pip and Twig opens Friday Sept 1 at Live Arts!

Hello friends!

Opening night is quickly approaching, and Pip and Twig and our crew of collaborators and technicians are busy getting the final details in order for the big night.

We hope you will come out to see The Convolution of Pip and Twig in our upcoming run at Live Arts’ Gibson Theater Sept 1-23. Since our run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we’ve gone back to the design drawing board and to the rehearsal room. Even if you have seen the show before there will be plenty of new things to see!

Our dear friend JP Scheidler, with the help of master carpenter Paul Borzelleca, has brought our re-design hopes to life in a beautiful way. Two wonderful artists, John Owen and Zap McConnell, have been working their painterly magic, and all of this is lit by the talented Heather Hutton. And as always, Martha Mendenhall’s direction, Jim Waive’s music, Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell’s texts, and Opal Lechmanski’s soundscape are still an integral part of Pip and Twig’s world. 

We have a group discount of $5 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more (discount code GROUP10) and we would love it if you would consider cajoling some friends and loved ones to join you at our show.

If you decide to come opening night, Friday Sept 1, please join us for a glass of bubbly on the 3rd floor after the show.

Kara and Siân
aka Pip and Twig



8pm – September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
2pm – September 3, 10, 17

Live Arts – Gibson Theater
123 Water St
Charlottesville VA

$15 General Admission
$10 for groups of 10 or more (discount code GROUP10)
Online and credit card fees apply, no fee for cash or check at the door.

*No Late Seating

Enjoyed by children approximately 8+

Announcing the return of Pip and Twig!

We are excited to announce the return of Pip and Twig!

Since its run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Convolution of Pip & Twig has gone back to the design drawing board and to the rehearsal room. Created and performed by Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke, directed by Martha Mendenhall, with texts by Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell and music by Jim Waive, this latest iteration features lighting design by Heather Hutton and a fresh take on the set design with the help of JP Scheidler. We are looking forward to sharing this newest version of the show and hope you can join us in Live Arts’ beautiful theatre space.

Epic adventure! Spills and thrills! Complicated love! Heart strings! Song and Dance! The Convolution of Pip and Twig is a story of twin sisters whose safe and routine world is blown open when one twin follows her heart into the unknown.

8pm – September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

2pm – September 3, 10, 17

Live Arts – Gibson Theater
123 Water St
Charlottesville VA

$15 General Admission
$10 for groups of 10 or more (discount code GROUP10)
Online and credit card fees apply, no fee for cash or check at the door.


photo by Doug Berndt

Hey Friends! We did it!

Hey Friends!

We did it!

We had a tremendous month doing our work in Edinburgh.

We had some amazing experiences. We saw some work from other performers that was inspiring and affirming. We got so much out of the opportunity to perform and run our show so many times in a row. We can’t overstate the value of that work. If we are honest, we also had some dips. It is a struggle to get an audience in a festival as competitive as the the Edinburgh Fringe. As expected we had to tell ourselves to keep our chins up a time or two, but overall this has been a tremendous success.

We are reflecting on the year long job of producing a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Our budget got it’s final once over and we are pleased to say we balanced up nicely, all expenses covered, all collaborators paid for their work. We received some nice and thoughtful reviews of our work that we know will serve us as we continue our work on the show, and as affirmation of the work we have already done.

We have gotten more as performers, and creators, and producers out of this year of work than we could ever express and it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

We will be re-working The Convolution of Pip and Twig using lessons and new inspirations from our run at the fringe and plan to perform the show again in Charlottesville in the fall of 2017.
Again, thank you so much for your support.


Siân and Kara

Pip and Twig at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Pip and Twig are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Aug 5-27! Space Triplex Venue 38 –6:40pm BUY TICKETS HERE

Please visit for all details.

“The performances are very good…the choreography is impressive…well thought out movements helps develop the relationship between the two characters, even where dialogue is lacking. With singing, dancing and DIY props this is an entertaining 50 minutes…” – THREE WEEKS EDINBURGH (full review)

“In the clown-inspired performances that use the full expressive palette of the actors, there is a playfulness at the centre of the relationship, even at its most acrimonious. This playfulness extends to the production itself, which relishes the visual potential of the theatre: the ocean scenes are a real treat…the characters are brought to vivid, charming life throughout.” -THE LIST (full review)


Photos by Doug Berndt

Send-off Performances of The Convolution of Pip and Twig in Charlottesville July 21 and 22

Come see The Convolution of Pip and Twig before it packs up for Edinburgh

Thursday July 21
Friday July 22

6:40pm* (50 min running time)

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC)
Maxwell Theatre, V. Earl Dickinson Bldg
501 College Dr,  Charlottesville VA 22902

Tickets $20
General admission
Tickets available at all 
Mudhouse locations
For out-of-towners only, please call 434-466-5272 to reserve

* Why the odd start time? We will be performing this play for a 3-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.  All 313 venues at the Fringe will have a steady rotation of shows running all day, every day. We have a limited time in the venue each night to get the show set up, performed, and packed away, and this part needs to be staged and rehearsed with everything else. We will be ending our week of technical rehearsals at PVCC with these performances and running them just like they will be in Edinburgh. A super quick set up, 6:40pm performance time, 50 minute running time, and a super quick load out.

We would love to see your face before we go!

Thank you for all your support,

-Siân and Kara

Exciting new year announcements!

Happy New Year everybody!

We hope your 2016 is looking bright. Did you make any resolutions? We didn’t either, but we did set some goals.


We are thrilled to announce that Pip and Twig have set their sights on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Sian and Kara will be packing up and heading over to the WORLD’S BIGGEST ARTS FESTIVAL for a 3-week run of their original play The Convolution of Pip and Twig this August.  Hamner Theater is once again presenting the show as the umbrella organization and Matt Joslyn is joining the adventure as co-producer. We will update you on upcoming performance information on both sides of the ocean, and keep you updated on the progress of our crack Fringe team!  (photo by Will Kerner)

But wait, there’s more exciting news: Jennifer has begun rehearsals for NO WAKE, an original site-specific performance and community collaboration that is the culmination of her Public Artist residency at the Bridge PAI. NO WAKE is an adaptation of Jennifer’s play of the same title. She is collaborating with PEP members Sian on actor training and Martha on script adaptation. The performances will take place in downtown Charlottesville, VA, from March 17 to April 16, 2016. More details to come! (photo by Lisa Eller: Sydney Wynn and Deandra Irving in rehearsal)

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A Staged Reading of Jennifer’s new play

Jennifer’s new play NO WAKE has been chosen for the Hollins Playwrights Festival at Mill Mountain Theater this summer! It will receive a staged reading with badass theater artists from all over in town to give feedback.

Sunday July 26, 2015
2:00pm – 3:45pm
Free (limited seating)

Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage
20 Church Ave SE
Roanoke, Virginia 24011

“Each year, our New Works Advisory Board reads between 50 and 100 plays taken from the cumulative body of work of student playwrights who will be coming for the current summer session. These plays are ranked and vetted, and ten are selected for staged readings in collaboration with directors associated with our program–Certificate students, visiting faculty and guest artists. These readings are presented free to the public, but there is limited seating. We also bring in more than a dozen guest responders who are active working theatre professionals from across the country. Many of our festival readings have gone on to be published, produced and won major awards. Come see tomorrow’s stars today! Our festival is presented in collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre on their Waldron Stage.”  – Hollins Playwright Lab

Tickets now on sale for The Convolution of Pip and Twig!

You can now purchase tickets to our upcoming show through the Live Arts box office.

Tickets are now available ONLINE HERE,​ or by phone at 434.977.4177 x123. ($1.50 credit card fees apply). You can also pay with check or cash by visiting the Live Arts box office in person at 123 East Water St, Charlottesville, VA.

*Pay-what-you-can tickets will also be available (for cash only) at the door opening night.

February 25 – March 1, 2015
Founders’ Theater
Presented by PEP in conjunction with The Hamner Theater

● Wed Feb 25 – 8pm*
● Thur Feb 26 – 8pm
● Fri Feb 27 –8pm
● Sat Feb 28 –8pm
● Sun Mar 1 – 2pm & 8pm

$20/Adults $15/Children under 12 General Admission

Click here for more details about The Convolution of Pip and Twig

Save the date — Pip and Twig at Live Arts

Pip and Twig take Live Arts! Mark your calendars…

Thank you to all who came to see the debut of this new work in December and for all the feedback. We learned a lot and are looking forward to getting back on stage with Pip and Twig for our next run:

The Convolution of Pip and Twig
Founders Theater at Live Arts
February 25 – March 1, 2015

Presented by PEP in conjunction with The Hamner Theater

Wed Feb 25 – 8pm*
Thur Feb 26 – 8pm
Fri Feb 27 – 8pm
Sat Feb 28 – 8pm
Sun Mar 1st – 2pm & 8pm

Tickets on sale soon through Live Arts box office.

$15/children under 12
*Pay-what-you-can tickets will also be available (for cash only) at the door opening night

We’ll be back in touch soon when tickets go on sale. Thanks for your support!
Convolution Hamner
(poster by Vu Nguyen)

Convolution of Pip and Twig – performance info

The Convolution of Pip and Twig is a story of twins navigating the light and the shadow of a complicated love, through well-worn routines, and epic adventure.

DECEMBER 10-14, 2014 8pm

Round Room Dance Studio
The Old Michie Building
609 East Market St, Suite 211
Charlottesville VA 22902
(Street parking on Market St or 7th, or in the Market St Parking Garage across the street)

$15  –  Cash and check at the door only
Email us here if you would like to reserve a spot
(tickets not claimed ten minutes prior to show time will be released for sale to others)
Wed 12/10 and Thurs 12/11 are currently FULL – if you cannot come another night, you may put your name on the waiting list in case there are cancellations
Appropriate for ages 10+


Presented by The Hamner Theater
Created and Performed by Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke
Directed by Martha Mendenhall
Text contributed by Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell
Music and Lyrics by Jim Waive
Lights by Rowena Halpin
Sound Effects Hunted Down by Opal Lechmanski
Stage Managed by Opal Lechmanski
Lights and Sounds Operated by Opal Lechmanski
Set and Costume assistance by Jim Waive, Corey Lloyd, Laura Covert, Lisa Eller, Zap McConnell, Will May, Jennifer Tidwell
Hair by Leslie Morgan Lowry 
Graphic Design by Vu Nguyen with photo by Rich Tarbell (see attached image)
Box Office and general PEP Backup –  Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell and Doreen Bechtol

If you can’t make it to our December run of The Convolution of Pip and Twig, you will have another chance to see us in February 2015:

Live Arts Founders Theatre
Charlottesville VA
Details to come

Call 434-806-9506 for questions

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