PIPELINE

By Dominique Morisseau

Tampa Bay Area Premiere
Directed by L. Peter Callender
TEACH. OUT LOUD. Nya, a single mother teaching at an inner-city public school, wants what’s best for her teenage son, Omari—even if it means sending him to a private school far from their neighborhood. But when an explosive classroom incident threatens Omari’s future, Nya must reevaluate the choices she’s made as a parent and educator. In this lyrical and timely drama, acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore, compassionately probing the limits of our education system and a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

“…an homage to such authors as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes and Amiri Baraka and yet firmly the product of a unique, deeply resonant sensibility.”
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Audience advisory: Contains mature content and strong language. Age Recommendation: 14+

JANUARY 23 – FEBRUARY 24, 2019

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CYNTHIA BECKERT* (Laurie) is honored to be making her American Stage debut. Recent Orlando appearances include GROUNDED, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE and RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN (Mad Cow Theatre). L.A. theatre credits include THE ELEPHANT MAN (Mechanicals Theatre Group), Bassanio, Laertes, and Duke Antonio, (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company), Lady Macbeth (Pasadena Shakespeare Company), and Cleopatra (Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival). Regional credits include METAMORPHOSES (Ensemble Theatre Company), THE SLEEPER (Laguna Playhouse), GRAND HOTEL (Colony Theatre), and CAMELOT (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). TV credits include “Strong Medicine,” “She Spies,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “Mystery ER”. Cynthia received her M.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and her MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine. She has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for 25 years. Cynthia is grateful to her mother, and to all the wonderful teachers in her life who have challenged and inspired her.

ANDREW MONTGOMERY COLEMAN (Omari) is honored to get back to his straight play roots and make his American Stage debut with such an incredible work! Recent regional credits include: Benny in IN THE HEIGHTS (Glow Lyric Theatre), Sweaty Eddie in SISTER ACT (New Stage Theatre), Mitch Mahoney in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Seaweed in HAIRSPRAY, RAGTIME (Wolfhart Haus Dinner Theatre), Asagai in A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Barn Dinner Theatre), and MEMPHIS (Raleigh Little Theatre). He is a proud alum of the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Program, and North Carolina A&T State University, where he received his BFA in Acting. He’d like to send a special thank you to the amazing souls who encourage him to keep going every day! Check him out on Instagram/Twitter @drewboigenius and at AndrewColeman.com

CRANSTAN CUMBERBATCH (Dun), born and raised in St. Petersburg, is an award winning stage/film actor, writer, director, producer, and U.S. Talent Olympic Medalist. He was most recently seen in his newly released secret agent film,”Agent X”. On stage he was most recently seen as (Leo) in the hit musical WEBB’S CITY, and was a member of the amazing cast as (Bobo) in A RAISIN IN THE SUN with American Stage, also directed by Peter L Callender. Other notable stage credits include; Orson Welles VOODOO MACBETH (Malcolm) -Studio@620, American Stage: August Wilson’s TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Wolf) and, RENT (Benny).
Cranstan is truly grateful and excited to be apart of such an amazing production, embodied with such relevance to current struggles in today’s society brought to life by the insight of a Phenomenal Writer, and creative vision of a passionate director, cast, & crew to match.

GILLIAN GLASCO* (Nya) is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Regional credits include: DISGRACED (Syracuse Stage); DOUBT (Hangar Theatre); SUNSET BABY (The Kitchen Theatre Company). New York credits include: KNOCK ME A KISS and COURT MARTIAL AT FT. DEVENS (New Federal Theatre); AIN’T SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH ( Classical Theatre of Harlem); THE WAITING ROOM (Billie Holiday Theatre); REFLECTIONS OF A HEART (Theatre Row). Television: “Jessica Jones”, “The Good Fight”, “The Black List”, “Law and Order SVU”, “Madam Secretary”, “Maniac”, “The Following”, “Taxi: Brooklyn South”, “Louie”. Film: “Men In Black 4”, “Going in Style”, “Hannah Has A Ho Phase”, “Moth’s and Butterflies”. She received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. Any time you get a chance to dig into Dominique Morisseau’s work it’s an honor. Thank you to all those who support and love me.

KIARA HINES (Jasmine) is excited to be coming back to American Stage for PIPELINE! She says to anyone she meets that working with American Stage Theatre Company last year changed her life! Kiara is a North Carolina native and a recent graduate of East Carolina University where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite past credits include: Beneatha in A RAISIN IN THE SUN here at American Stage, Little Inez in HAIRSPRAY, and Cinderella in CINDERELLA. Check her out at: www.kiarahines.com

AARON MORTON (Xavier) is an actor and writer born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey. He is happy to be making his American Stage debut in sunny Florida and at the same time escaping the Northern Winter. He was most recently seen as He in DANGER: A HOMAGE TO STRANGE FRUIT at Jack in Brooklyn, NY. Other off Broadway credits include Montano in OTHELLO (Classic Stage Company) and Aegeon in COMEDY OF ERRORS (Classic Stage Company). Upcoming TV/Film “Central Park 5” and “Lost Girls” both on Netflix. B.S. Colgate University. M.F.A. Columbia University. www.aaronsmorton.com

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union

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Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE

Arrive early and enjoy our interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES*

January 13, 2019 | 1PM | Book Now
The perfect primer! Take a peek behind the curtain before each production opening with this informative and entertaining presentation about the play, the playwright, and the American Stage artists who bring it all to life. Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia will provide relevant details about the history and central themes of the play, while members of the artistic team will give an insider’s perspective on their process.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

Spotlight Series: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

February 12, 2019 | 7PM – 8PM
Great theatre inspires contemplation and challenges our assumptions while inviting us to come together for conversation and a deeper connection. From social and political hot-button issues to ethical dilemmas, American Stage’s Community Conversations dig deeper into the intriguing and sometimes provocative topics explored by our mainstage productions. Join a panel of local experts as they guide us through a lively discussion, and answer questions about the relevancy of the subject matter explored in the play.

Free to the General Public

Spotlight Series: CHATBACK

January 31, February 3, 10, 15 and 17
Stick around immediately following select performances to talk with the cast and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, plus respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production. Free for ticket holders to the performance.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.