Live From Lincoln Center, in partnership with BroadwayHD, brings to audiences at home Dominique Morisseau’s strikingly powerful work PIPELINE, originally staged at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017. This intimate play depicts a mother’s hopes for her son and their clash with an educational system rigged against him.
Hailed as “potent and intensely acted,“ PIPELINE confirmed Morisseau’s “reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence (New York Times).“ The story follows Nya Joseph (Karen Pittman), a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher, who is committed to her students’ achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari (Namir Smallwood), to a private boarding school. When Omari is involved in a controversial incident which threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari’s rage, her own parental decisions, and the public and private school systems, as she rallies to save her son.
Directed for the stage by Lileana Blain-Cruz
With Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez
Matt Saunders, sets
Montana Levi Blanco, costumes
Yi Zhao, lighting
Justin Ellington, original music and sound
Hannah Wasileski, projections
Charles M. Turner III, stage manager