The Off-Broadway live capture of Pipeline, the recent play by MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" recipient Dominique Morisseau examining the raging battle over the public and private divide in America’s educational system, is available for streaming on the BroadwayHD platform October 9.
Live From Lincoln Center filmed the production during its 2017 Off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, partnering with BroadwayHD.
The filmed presentation stars Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez. The capture was directed by Habib Azar.
Pittman plays Nya, an inner-city high school teacher whose son Omari (Smallwood), attends a private boarding school. But when Omari gets into an altercation with a teacher, Nya and Omari must deal with the realities of righteous rage, their family dynamic, and the pitfalls of an education system divided into public and private.
Pipeline was nominated for five 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play.
Morisseau's works include Pipeline, for which she received Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations; The Detroit Project trilogy, consisting of Detroit '67, Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew; and Sunset Baby. In each of her plays, she aims to shed light on broken systems and hardships that affect life in urban African-American communities across various eras.
She is set to make her Broadway debut this season as the book writer of Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.