Full Length Play, Drama / 3m, 3f
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.
"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
ON BREAKING CHARACTERCreating Community Connections
February 28, 2019
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Not necessarily NYC, but definitely modeled after it. Can be any inner city environment where the public school system is under duress. Present Day.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
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.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Pipeline premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City in June 2017 under the direction of Lileana Blain-Cruz.