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Pipeline - Full Length Play, Drama

Pipeline

Dominique Morisseau

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 3f

ISBN: PMS0000000263

"Pipeline is an emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education." - Variety

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Not necessarily NYC, but definitely modeled after it.  Can be any inner city environment where the public school system is under duress.  Present Day.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? 

With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a 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. 

REVIEWS 

"Pipeline confirms Dominique Morisseau's reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence." - The New York Times 

"Pipeline is an emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education." - Variety, Read More 

"Pipeline is at once an homage to such authors as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes and Amiri Baraka and yet firmly the product of a unique, deeply resonant sensibility." - Deadline, Read More 

"A powerful, passionate, and intelligent new play." - The Village Voice, Read More


Check out these photos from the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Pipeline in June 2017.


Pipeline premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City in June 2017 under the direction of Lileana Blain-Cruz.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

NYA - Black woman, mid-late 30's.  Single mother.  Public H.S. Teacher.  Trying to raise her teenage son on her own with much difficulty.  A good teacher inspiring her students in a stressed environment.  A struggling parent doing her damndest.  Strong but burning out.  Smoker.  Sometimes drinker.  Holding together by a thread. 
OMARI - Black man, late teens.  Smart and astute.  Rage without release.  Tender and honest at his core.  Something profoundly sensitive amidst the anger.  Wrestling with his identity between private school education and being from a so-called urban community.  Nya's son.
JASMINE - Black or Latina woman, late teens.  Sensitive and tough.  A sharp bite, a soft smile.  Profoundly aware of herself and her environment.  Attends upstate private school but from a so-called urban environment.  In touch with the poetry of her own language. 
XAVIER - Black man, mid-late 30's.  Single father - struggling to connect to his own son. Marketing exec.  Wounded relationship with his ex-wife. Financially stable.  Emotionally impoverished.  Nya's ex-husband.  Omari's father. 
LAURIE - White woman, 50's.  Pistol of a woman.  Teaches in Public High School and can hold her own against the tough students and the stressed environment.  Doesn't bite her tongue.  A don't-fuck-with-me chick.  
DUN - Black man, early-mid 30's. Public High School security guard.  Fit and optimistic.  Charismatic with women.  Genuine and thoughtful and trying to be a gentleman in a stressed environment.  It's not easy. 
Videos
  • Pipeline Montage from Lincoln Center Theatre

  • Dominique Morisseau describes Pipeline

  • Actress Karen Pittman discusses Pipeline

Author
Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau, writer and actress, is an alumnus of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theater; Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT; Northlight Theatre), Sunset  Baby (Labyrinth Theater Co – NYC; Gate Theater- London), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; ... view full profile

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