Theater of Confrontation Artistic Director Marissa Harrington and actor Delanti Hall (Omari) preview Dominique Morisseau’s contemporary drama Pipeline in an interview with Cara Lieurance. The play tackles a broad topic: Research shows young black men are being sent into the juvenile and criminal justice systems at a higher rate than any other group. The consequences can be tragic, but it’s the reality of language and relationships that make it a must-see masterpiece, according to Harrington and Hall.

News from the Pipeline auditions circulated quickly among theater majors at Western Michigan University, and Hall found himself preparing to land the role in just days. Harrington, who is the director, was impressed when Hall and two other WMU theater students came to the audition with their roles almost memorized. She also points out that the playwright was inspired in part by real life: Morisseau’s mother taught in public schools, like Omari’s mother in the play. Morisseau is from Detroit.

Show hours at the Dormouse Theater are 7:30 p.m. on Friday July 16, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday July 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday July 18.

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