Two pregnant people sit in a forest. Title reads "The Path of Pins or The Path of Needles"

The Path of Pins or the Path of Needles

a new collaboration between Josephine Decker and Pig Iron
in development September 16-October 2 at Rigby Mansion
secret knowledge, poetry, horror, mystery, comedy

Welcome, pregnant one, to our sunset reality. Here at the edge of day and night, awake and asleep, we fall through the veil. Walk quickly. Hide the garlic in your pocket. You found your way here, but can you find your way back out? Will these whispers protect your unborn child from the curse?

Visionary writer and filmmaker Josephine Decker (Shirley, Madeline's Madeline) joins forces with Pig Iron Theatre Company (Superterranean, Love Unpunished) for a dark fairy tale about the terrors, joys, and deep uncertainties of pregnancy. Inspired by Maria Tatar's research on the history of fairytales, this immersive performance explores the complex decisions that mothers, fictional and real, must make about their children's lives. This new work brings Decker's singular vision into conversation with Pig Iron's 20-year investigation with site-specific and immersive theatre.

Each audience member becomes "The Pregnant Dreamer," seeking to evade a curse on their unborn child by choosing their own path through Rigby Mansion and its grounds. Interactive scenes — weaving contemporary dance, physical theatre, and performance art — unlock secret knowledge and whispers of terror. All bodies are welcome. Come prepared to wander.


Performances at dusk: September 16-October 2

@ Rigby Mansion

523 Church Lane

Germantown, Philadelphia PA



Tickets go on sale August 8th


$37 general

$15 student and 25-and-under

$2 FringeACCESS



Purchase Your Tickets Here



PERFORMANCE NOTE: Much of the performance installation is outdoors on uneven ground. Some audience members will be invited to sit down outside on grass or dirt. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Patrons with limited mobility can be accommodated; please call or email ahead of your performance night so we can provide proper support. Performances will take place rain or shine; bring an umbrella if needed.


CONTENT WARNING: This performance contains references to family violence and to termination of pregnancy. This performance is not suitable for children.



Concept and Direction: Josephine Decker
Co-Director: Dan Rothenberg
Text: Josephine Decker in collaboration with the ensemble
Scenic Design: Maiko Matsushima
Lighting Design: Tu├že Yasak
Costume Design: Alicia J. Austin
Sound Design: Tina Hanae-Miller
Dramaturgy: Sally Ollove
Ensemble: Jessica Almasy, Sanchel Brown, Miranda Calderon, Ching-I Chang, Anisa George, John Maria Gutierrez, Courtney Henry, Alex Tatarsky
Swings/Understudies: Meagan Kimberly Smith, Jacinta Yelland


Major support for The Path of Pins or The Path of Needles has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the National Endowment from the Arts. Additional support from the Charlotte Cushman Foundation.


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