Until the Flood
The Virtual Stage
Available to stream on demand beginning November 15
Free (donations gratefully accepted)
In Until the Flood, Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical one-act experience that must be seen. The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”
“Orlandersmith gives expression to America’s racial stalemate with lyrical flow. Written with as much empathy as outrage…’Until the Flood’ quietly assures that the struggle lives on.”
“A poetic plea for understanding and peace”
“Dazzling… mesmerizing piece of theatre that I consider required viewing!”
“An urgent moral inquest”
This one-woman show is certain to generate conversations about who we’ve been, who we are and who we will become.
Until the Flood is available for streaming on demand now at AllArts.org. It was produced on ACT’s Mainstage in 2018 and at other theatres across the country. The virtual presentation will use video footage from the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre production.
NEW: Live on December 2 at 1 p.m., ALL ARTS Talks: “Until the Flood” brings together Dael Orlandersmith with performance artist Sherman Fleming to discuss art’s purpose in understanding and processing traumatic race-related events and issues of structural racism; how Ferguson responded to the killing of Michael Brown, and how that is reflected in “Until the Flood;” and Orlandersmith’s experience of performing the piece around the country for over four years in the face of continuing police violence. The discussion will be moderated by James King.
The discussion will be streamed live on the ALL ARTS website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. Register now.
UNTIL THE FLOOD
Written & Performed by Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Neel Keller
Until the Flood, was originally commissioned and produced by The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, and subsequently produced around the United States and in Ireland, Scotland, and England, with the same performer, director, and creative team.
The following theaters in the United States have joined together to sponsor this recording and make this broadcast possible:
A Contemporary Theatre — Seattle, Washington
Center Theatre Group — Los Angeles, California
DCPA Theater — Denver, Colorado
The Goodman Theatre — Chicago, Illinois
Milwaukee Repertory Theater — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Portland Center Stage — Portland, Oregon
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater — New York, New York
Repertory Theater of St. Louis — St. Louis, Missouri