When Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson in 2014, the outrage and protests that followed were a wake-up call to some and familiar, exhausting news to others. Dael Orlandersmith draws from dozens of interviews across Ferguson’s communities in Until the Flood, using one specific flashpoint of race and power to look at the ongoing pain of a litany of Black deaths at the hands of police. Studio Associate Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas reimagines Orlandersmith’s solo play with a cross-generational ensemble of three Black women, celebrating the resolve for justice that remains as urgent today as it was six* years ago.
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Dael Orlandersmith collaborated with the Goodman Theatre on Stoop Stories during the 2009-2010 season. Dael first performed Stoop Stories in 2008 at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Apollo Theater’s Salon Series; Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre produced its world premiere in 2009. Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men was developed as a co-commission between the Goodman Theatre and Berkeley Rep, where it was staged in May 2012. Her play Horsedreams was developed at New Dramatists and workshopped at New York Stage and Film in 2008; it was performed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011. Bones was commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum where it premiered in 2010. Dael premiered The Blue Album, in collaboration with David Cale, at Long Wharf Theatre in 2007. Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at McCarter Theatre in a co-production with The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play for Yellowman in 2002. The Gimmick, commissioned by McCarter Theatre, premiered in their Second Stage OnStage series in 1998 and went on to great acclaim at Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop; she won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Gimmick in 1999. Her play Monster premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 1996.
Dael has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Yellowman and a collection of her earlier works have been published by Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service. She attended Sundance Institute Theatre Lab for four summers and is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award for Playwrighting, a Guggenheim, and the 2005 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a playwright in mid-career. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship and an Obie Award for Beauty’s Daughter.
In 2012/13, Dael wrote and performed in a solo play, Black n Blue boys/Broken Men, which was commissioned by the Goodman Theatre and Berkeley Rep, where it was performed in 2014. In 2014/2015, she wrote and performed a solo memoir play called Forever, which was done at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, part of Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, in 2014. In 2015 the play was performed at Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop. The play was produced at Portland Center stage in 2016. In 2017 Forever was done at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
In fall of 2016, Dael wrote and performed Until the Flood, which was commissioned by St. Louis Rep. It went on to be produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, Milwaukee Rep, the Goodman Theatre, and ACT Theatre (Seattle). Lady In Denmark opened in Fall 2018 at the Goodman Theatre. In 2019 she performed Until the Flood at Portland Center Stage and the Galway International Arts Festival (Ireland). In 2020, she performed the play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and was scheduled to perform it at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Spoleto Festival.
She is working on a new play called New Age for Milwaukee Rep, and another play for the Goodman Theatre. She is also currently working on a book of autofiction.
(As of October 2020)
Reginald L. Douglas is a director, producer, and advocate dedicated to creating new work and supporting new voices, and the Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. His passion and acumen for both new play development and re-investigating the classics have led him to theatres across the country, including directing work at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, TheaterWorks, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Everyman Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Arizona Theatre Company, TheatreSquared, Playwrights' Center, Profile Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network Showcase at B Street Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Florida Rep, Luna Stage, Harlem Stage, Wild Project, Signature Center, Drama League, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop (where he was an inaugural 2050 Directing Fellow), and City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, where he served as the Artistic Producer from 2015-2020.
Reginald has developed and directed plays and musicals by many acclaimed writers, including Dominique Morisseau, Cori Thomas, Angelica Chéri, Lynn Nottage, Nikkole Salter, Kemp Powers, Jen Silverman, Ngozi Anyanwu, Matt Schatz, Amy Evans, Zakiyyah Alexander & Imani Uzuri, Brian Quijada, Dave Harris, Chisa Hutchinson, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Josh Wilder, Larry Powell, Harrison David Rivers, Herb Newsome, Craig “muMs” Grant, Korde Arrington Tuttle, a.k. payne, Jessica Dickey, Laura Brienza, Kevin R. Free, Micah Ariel Watson, and several others. Reginald currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National New Play Network; regularly serves on the selection committees for local and national fellowships and grants; has spoken at several national conferences and festivals; and is a guest lecturer at the O’Neill’s National Theatre Institute. Reginald is a proud graduate of Georgetown University and member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the recipient of the National Theatre Conference's 2020 Emerging Professional Award. www.reginalddouglas.com
(As of October 2020)