January 14-30, 2022

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A mother’s choices. A son’s rage. A rigged system. With language lyrical and potent, Morisseau’s deeply compassionate and dynamic new play dives into the painful truth of the ”school-to-prison pipeline.”

  • Written by Dominique Morisseau
  • Directed by David Vaughn Straughn
  • Pay-What-You-Can Sponsor Allison Partners



  • Aiyana Marcus – Nya
  • Asyra Cunningham – Omari
  • Tanaka Maria – Jasmine
  • Sarad Davenport – Xavier
  • Jamie Virostko – Laurie
  • David Vaughn Straughn – Dun



  • Scott Dunn, Production Stage Manager
  • Will Slusher, Scenic Designer
  • Joshua Reid, Lighting Designer
  • Becky Brown, Sound Designer
  • Martha Adekunle, Costume Designer
  • Kaneesha Lord, Projections Designer
  • Daryl O’Connor, Props Design and Scenic Dresser
  • Laura Rikard, Intimacy Choreographer
  • Rachel Lane and Gideon Elron, Videography
  • Austyn Nowell, Assistant to the Lighting Designer
  • Sharon Lawler, Sound Board Operator

Photo by Will Kerner

PIPELINE Educator Reception: Saturday, January 22

Calling all educators! Live Arts will be hosting a special Educator Reception in conjunction with our production of PIPELINE, including pre-show refreshments and a post-show Q&A with the director. This event is open to educators of all kinds.

We are also offering a special ticket discount for educators (subject to availability) for the entire run of PIPELINE at Live Arts. If you are an educator and would like to attend the show, please contact boxoffice@livearts.org for more information!

Schedule of Events:

6:30pm | Educator Reception and Refreshments (Conover Studio, fourth floor)

8:00pm | Performance of PIPELINE followed by brief Q&A with director David Vaughn Straughn


Photo by Will Kerner

Audience Talkback: Thursday, January 27

Join us after the show on January 27 for an audience talkback in the Gibson Theater after the show. All are welcome. You do not need to see the performance on January 27 to attend. If you are not attending the show, plan to arrive at Live Arts around 9pm!

Education Director Miller Susen facilitates a conversation with director David Vaughn Straughn and members of the PIPELINE cast.


PIPELINE at Live Arts is made possible by

Technical Assistance from Light House Studio
AV Support from The AV Company

Season Sponsors Elizabeth & Joe LeVaca
Media Sponsors C-VILLE Weekly and WTJU 91.1FM
Internet Sponsor Ting Charlottesville
Design & Development Partner Convoy

We are thrilled to welcome you back to live, volunteer-powered theater! 

To keep you, our volunteers, and our staff safe, we have implemented a temporary set of COVID safety protocols. Don’t forget to wear a mask when you come see the show, and (if you’re over 18), have proof of vaccination or negative test result ready when you arrive.

If you are planning to come to a show or event at Live Arts and find that you are feeling sick or cannot comply with our safety protocols for any reason, we will issue you a credit for use at a future performance or a full refund.

Learn more at livearts.org/covid.