Lyric Baltimore 2023 Student Matinee

Monday, December 4, 2023; 10:30 am


The Lyric Baltimore invites area students in grades 6 through 12 to attend the student matinee performance of Pipeline, on Monday, December 4, 2023. Pipeline is the work of acclaimed playwright and actor Dominique Morisseau, who has written numerous plays including Skeleton Crew, Paradise Blue, Detroit ’67, and more. Morisseau received a Tony Award nomination as the book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, and she recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series Shameless.  Ms. Morisseau development of the play was inspired by Michelle Alexander’s acclaimed book The New Jim Crow, which focuses on the alarming numbers of young African American youth mass incarcerated in the United States, and how that process often begins in the public school system. Tickets for the production are free but must be reserved on a first-come-first served basis by completing the form below. Pipeline runs approximately 90 minutes, and the performance will be followed by a 30-minute post-show discussion.


Mission and Impetus

Education programs at the Lyric Baltimore are theater and writing-based and support the voice, agency, and creativity of Baltimore area students in grades 5th through 12th. Program participants receive acting and theater training afterschool and write original theater works performed either at the Lyric or at their workshop site. For many students, attendance at a student matinee will be their first opportunity to see a professional theatrical performance. Unfortunately, only 8% of Baltimore City high school students and 15% of students in grades 5th-8th receive weekly instruction in theater. The Lyric’s education programs fill a much-needed instructional gap. Plus, seeing a theater production in a grand, professional venue, helps students gain a visceral understanding of the work and creativity required to develop a meaningful, entertaining production as they create their own original performances.