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Until the Flood

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s Acclaimed Play Until the Flood Premieres Nationwide Sunday, November 15 at

10 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS


One-woman play explores Ferguson after Michael Brown’s killing


As most theaters remain dark and protests for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality continue, ALL ARTS presents Until the Flood, a new play that explores the resulting turmoil and social unrest in the community of Ferguson, Missouri, following the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on August 9, 2014. Originally commissioned by Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, this one-woman play by renowned playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith was filmed at New York’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and directed for the stage by Neel Keller.  Until the Flood premieres nationwide Sunday, November 15 at 10 p.m. ET on the free ALL ARTS app and, and in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineups).

Orlandersmith traveled to Missouri a few months after Brown’s death and conducted interviews with dozens of people still grappling with the aftermath of the shooting and yearning for change. From these intimate conversations, she created eight characters embodying a community struggling to come to terms with the personal damage These voices offer haunting reminders of America’s continuing struggle with racism and justice.

Critically acclaimed since it was first staged in 2018, “Until the Flood” earned a Critic’s Pick from the New York Times and won the Fringe First Award at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Orlandersmith is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama for her play “Yellowman” and winner of the Obie Award for “Beauty’s Daughter.”


Until the Flood is a production of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith. Directed for the stage and for television by Neel Keller. Set design by Takeshi Kata. Lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger. Costume design by Kaye Voyce. Sound design & original music by Justin Ellington. Projection design by Nick Hussong. Originally commissioned and produced by The Repertory Theatre of St Louis.

For ALL ARTS: Elizabeth Svokos is Multimedia Producer. Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Diane Masciale and Neal Shapiro are Executives in Charge.

The ALL ARTS presentation of Until the Flood is made possible by A Contemporary Theatre – Seattle, Washington; Center Theatre Group – Los Angeles, California; Denver Center for the Performing Arts – Denver, Colorado; Goodman Theatre – Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee Repertory Theater – Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland Center Stage – Portland, Oregon; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater – New York, New York; and Repertory Theater of St Louis – St. Louis, Missouri.

Leadership support for ALL ARTS is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Anderson Family Fund and Seton J. Melvin.



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  • Dael Orlandersmith in Until the Flood at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Photo credit: Robert Altman

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  • Dael Orlandersmith in Until the Flood at Center Theatre Group. Photo credit: Craig Schwartz

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