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Face Off Theatre's 'Pipeline' Tackles Disproportionate Punishment Aimed At Young Black Men

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Face Off Theatre Artistic Director Marissa Harrington and actor Delanti Hall (Omari) preview Dominique Morisseau's contemporary drama Pipeline in an interview with Cara Lieurance. The play takes on a big topic: research shows that young Black men are 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 realness of the language and relationships that make it a must-see masterpiece, according to Harrington and Hall. 

News about the Pipeline auditions traveled quickly among the theater majors at Western Michigan University and Hall found himself preparing to land the role in just a few days. Harrington, who is the director, was impressed when Hall and two other WMU theater students came to the audition with their parts almost memorized. She also points out that the playwright took some of her inspiration from real life: Morisseau's mother taught in public schools, like Omari's mother in the play. Morisseau is from Detroit.

Showtimes at the Dormouse Theatre are at 7:30 pm Friday, July 16, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, July 17, and 2:00 pm Sunday, July 18.

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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