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by Dominique Morisseau

March 7–April 4, 2020

Nya, a public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities they’ll never have. But when an explosive incident at his prestigious private school threatens to get him expelled, will all her efforts be lost? A compelling, must-see portrait of parenthood, education, and the experience of young black men in America, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the forefront.

Approximate run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes with NO intermission

Content advisory: This production contains mature language and content and may not be suitable for all audiences.


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Bryant Bentley* as Dun
headshot web BentleyPLBryant is a native of Dayton, OH, and is excited to return to Ensemble Theatre, where he was last seen in Detroit ’67. Other theater credits include The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, Indiana Repertory Theatre; Between Riverside and Crazy, Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Two Trains Running, The Piano Lesson, and Fences, American Players Theater; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, A Soldier’s Play, and many more. Film/TV credits include The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the CBS series One Dollar, All or Nothin’, and The Public, written and directed by Emilio Estevez.
Kenneth Early* as Xavier
headshot web EarlyPLKenneth was last seen as the Caterpillar/Butterfly in Alice in Wonderland (2018). His other ETC credits include The Dancing Princesses, Red Velvet, The Whipping Man, Grey Gardens, Snow White, and The Frog Princess (2012). Other regional credits include Once on This Island, Misery, August Wilson's Jitney, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; On Golden Pond, The Human Race Theatre; Once on This Island, Actors Theater of Louisville; Pluto and Harry and the Thief, Know Theatre of Cincinnati; and Awaited at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.! 
Sharrell D. Luckett* as Nya
headshot web LuckettPLSharrell is an award-winning artist and scholar. Off-Broadway credits include YoungGiftedandFat. Dramaturg credits include Ruined. Acting credits include Fences and Holding Up the Sky. Directing credits include Topdog/Underdog, In the Red and Brown Water, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. Book credits include Black Acting Methods, YoungGiftedandFat, Transweight, and African American Arts. Originally from Atlanta, Sharrell holds a PhD in Theatre from the University of Missouri. At the University of Cincinnati, she is the director of the Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting and a professor of Drama in the English Department. She's also the founding director of the Black Acting Methods Studio.
Connan Morrissey* as Laurie
headshot web MorrisseyPLConnan returns to Ensemble Theatre, having last appeared in A Doll’s House, Part 2. Her previous credits include roles in new and classical plays at Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Theatre Center, Folger Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Clarence Brown Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory, Capital Repertory, North Carolina Stage Company, Vermont Stage Company, and Peterborough Players. Some of her other work experiences include performance coaching for executives at Deloitte, PWC, Unilever, and Fifth Third Bank and the care and transport of family members throughout Cincinnati. Connan has an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Angelica Santiago as Jasmine
headshot web SantiagoPLAngelica received her BFA in acting from Montclair State University. Her credits include The Wolves (#7), Actors Theatre of Louisville; Hype Man (Peep One), Dracula (Vampire Bride), The Electric Harvest (Emma), A Christmas Carol (Belle u/s), and We’ve Come to Believe, The 43rd Humana Festival; and As You Like It (Phoebe), Henry IV Part I (Tavern Mistress/Davy), and King Lear (Doctor), Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Jay Wade* as Omari
headshot web WadePLJay is from St. Louis, MO, and recently earned his BFA in Acting from Southeast Missouri State University. This production is his first with Ensemble Theatre and his second professional appearance in the role of Omari. He would like to give thanks and appreciation to his family for their undying support and dedicates this show to them.


*denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association


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