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Dael Orlandersmith’s Timely Story of Social Unrest Takes the Stage in St. Louis Though Nov. 6

Dael Orlandersmith
The world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s After the Flood is on stage at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis during the Rep’s 50th anniversary season. (PRNewsFoto/The Repertory Theatre of St. Lo)

*St. Louis — Celebrated writer, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith came to St. Louis following recent social unrest to interview people from every corner of the region. From these conversations, she has crafted a stunning piece that reflects the complexity of St. Louis.

Orlandersmith’s play, Until the Flood, is a mosaic of voices that tells this region’s story and the search for social justice. This world premiere has been commissioned by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis during the Rep’s 50th anniversary season to explore St. Louis’ recent history and spark community, regional and national discussion.

In Until the Flood, Orlandersmith portrays eight characters that are composites of the real St. Louisans she interviewed. They include a schoolteacher, a retired policeman and a minister. As a playwright, Orlandersmith’s incisive commentary on poverty, race and substance abuse has earned her massive acclaim. Her 2002 play Yellowman earned her a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and her 1995 solo piece Beauty’s Daughter won an Obie Award.

Until the Flood, written and performed by Orlandersmith and directed by Neel Keller, runs October 12 – November 6 on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Webster University in St. Louis. Curtain times are Tuesdays at 7 pm; Wednesdays-Fridays at 8 pm; selected Wednesday matinees at 1:30 pm; Saturday matinees at 4 pm; selected Saturday nights at 8 pm; Sunday matinees at 2 pm; and selected Sunday evenings at 7 pm.

Tickets for Until the Flood range from $18 to $81.50 and are available at the online box office at https://www.repstl.org. The Loretto-Hilton Center is located at 130 Edgar Road, St. Louis, MO 63119.

For additional information about The Rep’s production of Until the Flood, visit the show page at https://repstl.org/season/show/until_the_flood.




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