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Drama

Pipeline

by Dominique Morisseau

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A Black man in a hooded sweatshirt listening to music through headphones. A Black woman is behind him to the left on a stage depicting a classroom.

Teach. Out loud.

Nya, a public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities they’ll never have. But when an explosive incident at his prestigious private school threatens to get him expelled, will all her efforts be lost? A compelling, must-see portrait of parenthood, education, and the experience of young black men in America, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the forefront. This is the deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future—without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

 

Health & Safety Policy

Run time: ~90 min with no intermission

Content advisory: This production contains mature language and themes and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Reviews

“The cast, thoughtfully directed by veteran Ron OJ Parson, rises to the occasion by enacting this powerfully moving and provocative tale.” —CityBeat

“The crown jewel of the season…I just hope that others will be able to experience this critical, remarkable production.” —The Sappy Critic

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(Some content on this page is from the 2020 production prior to COVID-19 pandemic; performances resume Sept 21-Oct 16, 2021.)

Cast

Bryant Bentley

as Dun
Bryant Bentley

Kenneth Early

as Xavier
Kenneth Early

Sharrell D. Luckett

as Nya
Sharrell D. Luckett

Regina Pugh

as Laurie
Regina Pugh

Angelica Santiago

as Jasmine
Angelica Santiago

Jay Wade

as Omari
Jay Wade

Rachel Barkalow

Understudy (Laurie)
Rachel Barkalow

Christian Hall

Understudy (Xavier)
Christian Hall

Breauna Jurkowski

Understudy (Nya)
Breauna Jurkowski

Malyssa Quinn

Understudy (Jasmine)
Malyssa Quinn

Adrian Devaughn Summers

Understudy (Omari)
Adrian Devaughn Summers

Creative team

Dominique Morisseau

Playwright
Dominique Morisseau

Ron OJ Parson

Director
Ron OJ Parson
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Brian c. Mehring

Set & Lighting Designer
Brian c. Mehring

Dana Rebecca Woods

Costume Designer
Dana Rebecca Woods

Matt Callahan

Sound Designer
Matt Callahan

Mike Tutaj

Projection Designer
Mike Tutaj

Erin Carr

Intimacy Coordinator
Erin Carr
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Shannon Rae Lutz

Properties Master/Design Assistant
Shannon Rae Lutz

Jack Murphy

Technical Director
Jack Murphy
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Matthew Hollstegge

Production Manager
Matthew Hollstegge
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Lexi Muller

Assistant Stage Manager
Lexi Muller

Audio-described performance

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:00pm

 

 

ASL-interpreted performance

Tuesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:00pm

 

 

Photo credits | Masthead, Jay Wade & Sharrell D. Luckett in Pipeline (Ryan Kurtz); All production photos by Ryan Kurtz; Rehearsal photos by Amy J. Barbian; Headshots provided by artists; Accessibility, Phil Fiorini and Nathan Robert Pecchia in Fly by Night (Ryan Kurtz); FAQs, Darnell Pierre Benjamin and Bryant Bentley in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner)