Category: Pipeline

City Theatre presents PIPELINE By Dominique Morisseau

September 27th, 2018

City Theatre presents  


By Dominique Morisseau

October 27 – November 18, 2018

Winner of the 2018 Obie Award for Playwriting

Pipeline is an emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education.” – Variety

Pittsburgh, PA (September 26, 2018). City Theatre is thrilled to announce the details of the second show of the season: Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau. Pipeline is a powerful and poetic chronicle of injustice that exposes the cracks in our education system. It is directed by City Theatre’s Artistic Producer, Reginald L. Douglas, and will run on the City Theatre Main Stage, October 27 – November 18, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

Pipeline premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City in June 2017 and was heralded as “a powerful, passionate, and intelligent new play” by The Village Voice.

“I am so excited to be directing Pipeline and welcoming the great Dominique Morisseau back to City Theatre and Pittsburgh,” said Mr. Douglas. “Pipeline showcases Dominique’s unique ability to tackle big political questions about race, class, and the school-to-prison pipeline in a deeply personal, poignant way that sparks dialogue and connection. The play asks how does someone hold onto hope in a culture that often seems set out to destroy it, and that question feels especially urgent and timely to me as an African American artist. How do we break down and break through the barriers that divide us to better understand and uplift one another? Our production hopes to spark that conversation, making for a quintessential City Theatre experience.”

Pipeline features an original score written by local students in the 1Hood Media Academy and creative support from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts.

“This project hit home for me,” said Treble NLS of 1Hood Media. “My father is a product of the school to prison pipeline, and that’s the main reason we don’t have the relationship I wish we had. That made catching a vibe really easy when it came to creating cause the vibe came from such a personal place.”

City Theatre deeply believes in theater’s power to foster dialogue and compel audiences to investigate the world around them. In this spirit, every performance of Pipeline will be followed by a 10-minute long conversation. These facilitated conversations will allow audiences of all backgrounds to engage with the themes of the play in a safe space and learn from and listen to one another, in the hope of building connections and community amongst diverse Pittsburghers. Inspired by Dominique Morisseau’s artistic activism and the play’s Black female protagonist, these conversations will be moderated by local Black female community leaders. City Theatre is pleased to announce the following women as moderators for the performances: Anna Hollis, Erin Perry, Tracy Edmunds, Christiane D. Leach, Deesha Philyaw, Dorie Taylor, Edda L. Fields-Black, Heather Hopson, janera solomon, Janis Burley Wilson, Kendra Ross, Keyva Clark, Kilolo Luckett, Lynne Hayes-Freeland, Shaunda McDill, Staycee Pearl, Taliya Allen and Tye Clark (1Hood Media), and Tiffany Sizemore Thompson and Cheryl Kleinman (Education Law Center).

Additionally, in an effort to better serve our community and to eliminate economic barriers to entry, City is continuing Pick-Your-Price-Previews: tickets start at just $5 (plus fees) to all performances October 27 through November 1. See details at This offer may not be combined with discounts.

About Pipeline:
When Omari is suspended from a prestigious – and mostly white – private school for an explosive incident with a teacher, his mother sees her dreams for him vanish before her eyes. Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, 2015) returns to City Theatre with this powerful and poetic chronicle of injustice that exposes the cracks in our education system.

Pipeline is directed by Reginald L. Douglas. The cast includes Khalil Kain, Nambi E. Kelley, Gabriel Lawrence, Sheila McKenna, Carter Redwood, and Krystal Rivera. The production team includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic design), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting design), Dominique Fawn Hill (costume design), Zachary Beattie-Brown (sound design), 1Hood Media (composer), Adam J. Thompson (Projection Design), Clare Drobot (dramaturg), and Patti Kelly is Production Stage Manager. New York Casting: Pat McCorkle, CSA & Katja Zarolinski, CSA, McCorkle Casting Ltd.

About Dominique Morisseau: Dominique Morisseau was named one of Variety’s Women of Impact in 2017-18. Her work includes Skeleton Crew, Paradise Blue, and Detroit ’67, a three play cycle collectively called The Detroit Project; as well as Sunset Baby. She is the recipient of the Steinberg Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, an Obie award, among others.



October 27 – November 18

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and/or 9:00 p.m.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

For a complete listing of show times, please visit or call 412-431-2489.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.


Pick-Your-Price-Previews Performances October 27 – November 1
Tickets starting at just $5 online, plus fees; purchase tickets in advance at, by calling 412-431-2489, or in-person at the box office. Subject to availability.

Post-Show Talkbacks Sunday, November 4 & 11, following the 2:00 p.m. performances
Hosted by Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot, this talkback discussion will feature the cast in conversation about the play’s themes.

Greenroom: Art & Afterparty Friday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the cast and artistic team for a party in the Gordon Lounge following the performance. Complimentary house wine, Penn Brewery beer, and light snacks will be provided. Tickets are just $30 for the evening with promocode GREENROOM.

Pay-What-You-Want Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m.
A block of tickets is reserved for audience members to name their own price at this performance. Call the box office to check on availability.

ASL Interpretation Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.

412.431.CITY (2489) or
Tickets start at $29


Under 30: Reserve $15 tickets in advance for performances except Opening Night and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; rush tickets may be available at those performances. Must present ID to receive Under 30 pricing.
Seniors age 62 and older: $24 rush tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning two hours before curtain, based on availability.
Groups of ten or more: Contact Joel Ambrose at 412.431.4400 x286.

1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrances for $9, subject to availability.


Founded in 1975, City Theatre enters its 44th season as Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side on its four-building cultural campus, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming The Burdens by Matt Schatz and We Are Among Us by Stephen Belber; its renowned Young Playwrights Festival; a season-long reading series of new works in progress; and the annual Momentum Festival. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience. With an annual average operating budget of $2.75 million, City is the largest performing arts organization not located in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District and is a constituent and core member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the National New Play Network (NNPN). Marc Masterson returned as Artistic Director in July, after a 18 year absence, to join Managing Director James McNeel as     co-leaders of the organization.