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'Until the Flood'

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About 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 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.” —Los Angeles Times

Until the Flood was produced at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in January 2020.

Watch a Free Conversation with Dael Orlandersmith, Neel Keller and Student Artists

Center Theatre Group hosted a conversation on December 11 with Until the Flood Writer/Performer Dael Orlandersmith, Director Neel Keller, and student artists representing theatres across the country. Moderated by Center Theatre Group’s Teaching Artist, Christine Breihan. Participating student artists include Alex W. (Milwaukee Repertory), Fletcher J. and Sonia-Sofia R. (Center Theatre Group), Mikayla A. (Portland Center Stage), Ariel B. (Goodman Theatre), and Marie-Antoinette B. (Denver Center for the Performing Arts).


Listen: A Conversation with Dael Orlandersmith from January 2000

'Until the Flood' Portrait Boxes Project

'Until the Flood' Portrait Boxes Project

Center Theatre Group partners with Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual & Performing Arts to enhance arts education and connect students to work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in particular.

Teaching Artist Gregg Chadwick partnered with Susan Greider, Creative Director for the Visual Art Department, on a project inspired by Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith which explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. All eighteen participating students saw the performance and met with Director Neel Keller as they embarked on creating “Portrait Boxes” based on an interview with a peer or family member. Read More

Explore more Until the Flood resources

Delve into an interview between playwright Dael Orlandersmith and Sarah Brandt, the Associate Director of Education and, Publications Manager at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and make sure to check out a collection of Until the Flood resources provided by theatres across the country.

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FREE (but donations gratefully accepted)

Available on demand beginning Sunday, November 15

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
The presentation will use video footage from the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre production.

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TOTAL RUN TIME: 69 minutes (pausable)


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