Lansing, MI – Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is proud to be partnering with four local libraries to explore the play Pipeline by world renown Detroit playwright Dominique Morisseau, for an event called “Play Date: a theatre book club”. During the month of October, the community is invited to read the play independently and are then invited to come to any library of their choosing November 1 – 4, 2021 for an evening to discuss the play, hear from a theatre panel, and a performance of a few scenes from the show. Copies of the play can be checked out from any participating library.
“Peppermint Creek has formally added “Community Partnerships” to its season planning structure, in an effort to more fully thread itself into the community and bring its programming to where they are, as opposed to asking them to always come to a theatre,” said Chad Swan-Badgero, Artistic Director of PCTC. “The last 18 months has allowed us to ask ourselves how we can continue to address our mission while bringing a theatrical lens to other community organizations. We are thrilled to be partnering with these four libraries in an effort to show people that theatre can also be read and discussed, not simply performed. And the themes in Pipeline could not be more ripe for community discussion!”
Pipeline tackles two of today’s most pressing issues, race and education. A mother’s hopes for her son clash with an educational system rigged against him in this riveting play by Dominique Morisseau. Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?
“The East Lansing Public Library is honored to partner with the Peppermint Creek Theater Company for “Play Date: A Theater Book Club” featuring the play Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, " said East Lansing Public Library Director Kristin Shelley. "We are excited to help facilitate this unique opportunity for our community to participate in an interactive experience blending reading, discussion, and theater.”
“Play Date: a theatre book club” is free and open to anyone interested in attending and discussing the play and its themes, regardless of if they’ve read the entire play. A facilitator will be on hand to guide the discussion. Those attending will also hear from a costume and set designer who will talk about the process of creating those elements of a play production. And two scenes from the play will be performed for those attending. No RSVP necessary to attend. Patrons will be asked to remain masked when attending this event, regardless of vaccination status.
Libraries Taking Part:
Nov 1 - East Lansing Public Library (950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823)
Nov 2 – CADL Downtown Lansing Library (401 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933)
Nov 3 – Eaton Rapids Area District Library (220 S Main St, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827)
Nov 4 - Fowlerville District Library (130 S Grand Ave, Fowlerville, MI 48836)
"Play Date: a theatre book club", will be offered November 1 – 4, 2021 beginning at 6:30pm each night.. For more information, audiences can visit Peppermint Creek Theatre’s website, www.peppermintcreek.org.