Dominique Morriseau's powerful stage play Pipeline examine's the theory of the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues many Black school boys and girls. In early-October, Live from Lincoln Center will release the cinematic presentation of Pipeline in movie theaters across the U.S. including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
The powerful work was originally staged at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017 and was reportedly received with wide critical acclaim. It stars Karen Pittman (Luke Cage) as Nya Joseph and Namir Smallwood as her only son Omari, with Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez.
"In Dominique Morisseau’s PIPELINE, Nya Joseph (Karen Pittman) is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari (Namir Smallwood), to a private boarding school. When Omari is involved in a controversial incident which threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari’s rage, her own parental decisions, and the public and private school systems, as she rallies to save her son."
“I’m thrilled to bring Pipeline beyond the stage in New York City to cinemas across the country,” said Morisseau in media materials. “The school-to-prison pipeline has national ramifications for students, teachers, parents, and families. I hope the story of Nya, Omari, and their struggles within a biased system inspire new audiences to push this important topic forward in their own communities.”