New York, NY(Sept 6, 2018) – Tickets are now on sale for the debut cinema run of PIPELINE, coming to movie theaters nationwide October 3, 5, and 7.The Live From Lincoln Centerpresentation—produced in partnership with BroadwayHD—depicts a mother’s hopes for her son and their clash with an educational system rigged against him. The powerful work was originally staged at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017 to wide critical acclaim. Hailed as “potent and intensely acted” and confirming Dominique Morisseau’s “reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence” (New York Times), the film will be available in cities across the U.S. including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Distributed by Screenvision Media, a full list of theaters and ticketing information is available at


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 Pipelinebeyond the stage in New York City to cinemas across the country,” said Morisseau. “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.”



By Dominique Morisseau

Directed for the stage by Lileana Blain-Cruz

With Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood,Jaime Lincoln Smith, Heather Velazquez

Executive Producer for Live From Lincoln Center Andrew C. Wilk

Executive Producers for BroadwayHDStewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley

Produced for in cinema by Live From Lincoln Centerwith BroadwayHD

In cinema distribution partners, KAOS & Screenvision

Directed for Live From Lincoln Centerby Habib Azar

Originally produced by Lincoln Center Theater


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Tasha Lawrence

Broadway: Good People ( MTC), Wilder Wilder Wilder ( Circle in the Square, Willow Cabin), Proof( Nat’l tour)

Off-Broadway: Pipeline(Lincoln Center), If I Forget(Roundabout), Lost Girls(MCC), The Few( Rattlestick), The Whale(Drama Desk Nom, Playwrights Horizons), Asheville, Bhutan(Cherry Lane Theatre)

Also: Confederates(TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), A Great Wilderness(Williamstown Theatre Festival), Good People( Dorset Theatre), The Roommate(Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Bad Dates, Human Error(City Theatre), Dangerous Liasons(Huntington), Clover Road(CATF)

Film: Romance and Cigarettes ( dir: John Turturro), Hangnail(Slamdance ),

Pooka, Irma and Floyd

TV: Looming Towers, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Law and Order(Classic, SVU,Criminal Intent), Third Watch(recurring), Deadline,Kevin Hill, Royal Pains, Life with Boys,The Line(ACTRA, Gemini Nominations, Best Actress)


Morocco Omari

Theater credits include: A Streetcar Named DesireandA Time To Killon Broadway, as well as performances at notable theaters such as Lincoln Center, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Geffen, Denver Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public, St. Louis Rep, Lookingglass, Virginia Stage, Victory Gardens, Congo Square, Chicago Theatre Company, and New Federal.

TV credits include series regular role on Empireas Tariq Cousins, recurring roles on Homeland, Chicago Fire, NCIS, Joan of Arcadia, L.A. Dragnet, and Girlfriends. Guest star roles on Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Prison Break,24, Frasier, and The Beast.

Directing credits include: the short film, Good Intentions, which won the HBO Best Short Film Award at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. This film has also been recognized at several other notable festivals. In addition, Mr. Omari is the executive producer, writer, and lead actor in the multi-award winning film, The Male Groupie, which aired on HBO. Recent directing credits are (Mis)Leading Man,Mission: Mom Possible, the webseries Make A Name, music videos “Big City” and “Kanyama.”


Karen Pittman

Karen Pittman is an accomplished award-winning actress, nominated for the Off-Broadway League Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama League Award, and the Audelco Award for best lead actress for the role of Nya Joseph in Lincoln Center Theater’s premiere production of Pipelinewritten by Dominique Morisseau.

She received the 2015 Theatre World Award for her work in the Pulitzer Prize–winning, Tony-nominated play Disgracedwritten by Ayad Akhtar. Her list of Broadway shows include Tony-nominated productions of Passing Strangeand Good People. She has worked Off-Broadway in the play Domesticatedby Bruce Norris and at Second Stage as the titular character in Fernanda Coppel’s King Liz.

Pittman has worked in American cinema in the movies Custody, Begin Again, and The Bourne Legacy, and most recently in the 2016 hit movie Detroit.

She has worked on numerous TV shows, including Blindspot, Elementary, Person of Interest, Law and Order,House of Cards, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, Madam Secretary, and 30 Rock, and has had recurring roles on Marvel’s Luke Cage, FX’s Emmy-nominated The Americans, and Louis CK’s Horace and Pete. In November 2017, Pittman was seen in the Amazon TV series Love You More, and, in June 2018, in the second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage. This fall, she can be seen in a recurring arc on NBC’s The Blacklist.

Pittman obtained her Bachelor of Science in Voice and Opera from Northwestern University, and her Masters of Fine Arts from New York University.


Namir Smallwood

Namir Smallwood is a native of Newark, New Jersey. A graduate of the UMN/Guthrie Theater BFA Program, he had worked extensively throughout the Twin Cities theater scene before moving to Chicago, where he joined the Steppenwolf ensemble in 2017. Dominique Morisseau’s Pipelinemarked his New York debut. Smallwood recently completed a run of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Overat LCT3.


Jaime Lincoln Smith

Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me. Regional: Marley(Baltimore Centerstage), Father Comes Home From the Wars Pts. 1, 2, & 3(Goodman Theatre) NYC Theatre: Pipeline(Lincoln Center Theater), Ruined(Manhattan Theatre Club), Skeleton Crew (The Lark Play Development Center), Seed (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Last Saint on Sugar Hill (National Black Theatre), Paradox of the Urban Cliché (The Wild Project), Lights Rise on Grace(45 Bleeker St.), Carnaval(Luna Stage, NJ). TV/Film: NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods, Law and Order, NYC 2-2, The Knights of Prosperity, 11:55 Holyoke, Respect the Jux, Remember the Titans. Smith is dedicating the whole run of this show to his late father Lennox Lincoln Smith a.k.a. Ras Len I.


Heather Velazquez

Heather Velazquez recently finished a world premiere coproduction of American Mariachiat The Old Globe and the Denver Center for the performing Arts. She  has appeared Off-Broadway in Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre), So Go the Ghosts of Mexico (Sundance Institute Theatre Lab), Rosario and the Gypsies andWorship (Theatre for the New City), Pinkolandia (INTAR Theatre), and nobody rides a locomotive no’mo (Rising Circle Theater Collective). She received her B.F.A. in Theater from New World School of the Arts.





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