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  Pipeline at Studio Theatre


Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington

Nya is a single mom and dedicated teacher at a high-poverty city school, determined to give her teenaged son Omari opportunities that her students will never have. When an altercation with a teacher at his private school threatens Omari's future, Nya has to fight a system that's against him in any environment. A searing, eloquent, and deeply compassionate look at a broken education system, the moments we are pushed to our limits, and the ferocity of one parent's love.

Thru - Feb 16, 2020

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Box Office: 202-332-3300

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  Pipeline Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Morisseau holds out hope for Omari, for sure. You'll need a bit of patient commitment to see where she is headed on this score, and you may even question how Morisseau justifies her conclusion. Still, even with some dramaturgical shortcomings, "Pipeline" reaffirms this playwright's compelling vision."
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Peter Marks

MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...In Dominique Morisseau's poignant drama Pipeline, high schooler Omari (Justin Weaks), one of the few black or Latino students at his private school, feels constantly singled out to speak for an entire people. He feels the burden of representing to his peers and even his teachers the so-called black perspective on culture, literature, violence, everything. In a blazing speech to his concerned single mom Nya (Andrea Harris Smith), he tells her about feeling probed and provoked to unleash a rage that everyone seems to expect he's carrying."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...Weaks does a stellar job accessing Omari's anger and fragility, and Harris Smith's portrayal of Nya is poignant. PIPELINE is emotionally engaging, but the unchanging set creates a confusing lack of context in certain scenes, and the high number of confrontations onstage served to lesson their emotional impact over time."
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Jenny Minich

Talkin Broadway - Highly Recommended

"...Playwright Dominique Morisseau has a gift for turning everyday language into poetry, which the production of her play Pipeline at Washington's Studio Theatre exemplifies. In an 80-minute run time, the play and the author lay out the ways in which higher education fails to support the students who need it the most-and, more importantly, doesn't suggest that a single answer exists."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...There's a much older literary tradition that underlies the structure of Pipeline, that of classical Greek tragedy. As in, for example, Medea, key events happen offstage. The audience does not see Omari's confrontation with the teacher, Laurie's breaking up a fight, or the strains that led to Nya's divorce. What creates the play's dramatic tension is less the events themselves than the characters' reactions to them and each other."
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Bob Ashby

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...The performances and technical elements of the show combined with Morisseau’s writing make for the grand trifecta of theatre, a lightning bolt production that shocks new life into the possibilities of the stage. Though best known for The Detroit Projects, a trilogy of plays set in her native city (Detroit ‘67, Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew), Morisseau keeps the setting of Pipeline more ambiguous to show the issues in the play are not unique. The pipeline and all the students caught inside it exist in every city. If we continue to close our eyes and refuse to extend our humanity, we risk the chance of forever trapping them inside."
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Mercedes Hesselroth

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