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2021-2022 Season


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About This Show

14 January - 30 January, 2022
Director: David Vaughn Straughn

With language lyrical and potent, Morisseau’s deeply compassionate and dynamic new play dives into the painful truth of the ”school-to-prison pipeline.”


Aiyana Marcus as Nya

Asyra Cunningham as Omari

Tanaka Maria as Jasmine

Sarad Davenport as Xavier

Jamie Virostko as Laurie

David Vaughn Straughn as Dun

Production Team

Scott Dunn - 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 Designer & Set Dresser

Laura Rikard - Intimacy Choreographer

Light House Studio - Videography Support

“… a lightning bolt production that shocks new life into the possibilities of the stage …” –

A mother’s choices. A son’s rage. A rigged system. In PIPELINE’s opening scene we meet Nya, a dedicated teacher in an inner-city public high school, who has just discovered that her son’s in trouble. After one impulsive act, Omari is in danger of being expelled from his upstate private school, and Nya’s hopes for his bright future are threatened.

2018 Obie Award Winner for Playwriting

Educator Reception: Saturday, January 22

Live Arts will host an Educator Reception in conjunction with our production of PIPELINE, including pre-show refreshments and a brief 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 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

Post-Show Audience Talkback: Thursday, January 27

Join us after the show on January 27 for our post-show talkback in Conover Studio (fourth floor). 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!

Enjoy a drink and concessions from our terrace bar while Education Director Miller Susen facilitates a conversation with director David Vaughn Straughn and members of the cast.


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