Transgender Fantasia, ‘House of Telescopes’ makes World Premiere

Pipeline Theatre Company, celebrated for producing unexpected, transformative, and highly risky work, presents their most ambitious work to date, House of Telescopes by Kairos Looney, which marks the playwright’s Off-Broadway debut. Directed by Lyam B. Gabel, House of Telescopes is a coming of age transgender fantasia that features a cast of 16 predominantly trans or non-binary performers.

It runs March 22 – April 21, 2024, at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T/New York Theatres (502 W 53rd St, Manhattan) with a press opening on Wednesday, April 3. Tickets are now on sale at

From the press release: “Welcome to Ari’s rickety Minneapolis home, inherited from a possibly gay Aunt. The garage has been remade into Lila’s tattoo studio, and the garden might soon house goats. Upstairs, Fable is casting spells in search of elders, while Sherman sits on the roof considering a new name. Across the country, Daphne’s memories have grown a mind of their own and are currently shambling their way down the interstate in a makeshift physical form. In this house, identity is mutable, the boundaries between our own world and the next are thin, and acceptance can come from the least expected of places – found community, chosen family, ghosts, and even demons.”

Kairos Looney

Playwright Kairos Looney remarked, “House of Telescopes asks the audience to imagine a new world that at once cherishes trans people of color and refuses to leave anyone behind. In lovingly weaving together the imperfections of a chosen family and the missteps of a family of origin, House of Telescopes contends that while we cannot be perfect, nor always predict how a system of oppression will act through us, every person has the capacity to change. The play also speaks directly to the trans community about pervasive issues of gatekeeping, perfectionism, and martyrdom. All told, House of Telescopes endeavors to demonstrate how trans liberation will free us all.”

The 16 member ensemble cast for House of Telescopes includes Abdu Garmazi, Al Piper, André Jordan, Andreas Pliatsikas, Daxx, Francesca Fernandez, Gwynne Wood, Joshua David Robinson, Joyah Dominique, Kris Carrasco, LA Head, Lisa Stephen Friday, Noa Graham, Rai González, Ren King and Trinity G. Ross.


Twenty-eight performances of House of Telescopes will take place March 22 – April 21, 2024, at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T/New York Theatres, located at 502 W 53rd St in Manhattan.  Performances are Wednesdays–Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 5pm. The anticipated running time is 110 minutes.

Tickets are $30 general / $50 reserved, March 24–April 3; $35 general / $55 reserved, April 4–14; and $45 general / $65 reserved, April 17-21. Additionally, 10 tickets will be available at a Pay What You Can price for each performance. All tickets can be purchased at Standard ticketing fees apply.

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