Taking a step (or eight) beyond the headlines, Obie Award-winning Dael Orlandersmith portrays eight radically different characters in Until the Flood, a play derived from real conversations with Ferguson community members following the 2014 shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Here is what you should know:

Orlandersmith shares their unique reactions which offer a haunting reminder of America’s ongoing struggle with racism and justice that remains as urgent today as it was seven years ago. 


A Little More…

On August 9, 2014, white police officer Darren Wilson fired 12 shots and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. The news of the incident soon spread across the country, leaving a trail of rage and tension in its path, propelling the Black Lives Matter movement. Less than a year later, Oralandersmith was invited by the Repertory Theater of Saint Louis to create a piece that responded, in some way, to the killing and civic upheaval that was engulfing the area.

I want to tell a story. I want to go beyond what’s right, who’s right, who’s wrong.”

She chose to meet with Ferguson residents and ask them how the killing and social unraveling had affected them. Emotional and deeply personal, their responses are the 75 minute play.


About the Creative Team

Until the Flood  is written and performed by New Yorker Dael Orlandersmith. She is an American actress, poet and playwright, known for her Obie Award-winning Beauty’s Daughter and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama, Yellowman. 

Bringing Orlandersmith’s production to life is director Neel Keller. Keller is an Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Directors Guild of America. He has enjoyed a long and happy collaboration with Dael Orlandersmith, meeting almost 30 years ago, on a production of Romeo and Juliet. Over the last several years they have worked closely on creating Orlandersmith’s acclaimed plays Until The Flood and Forever. 

Additional Creative Team Members involved:

Takeshi Kata, Scenic Designer

Kaye Voyce, Costume Designer

Mary Louise Geiger, Lighting Designer

Justin Ellington, Sound Designer & Original Music

Nicholas Hussong, Video Designer


Performance Details

Until the Flood  will take the stage at Festival Hall beginning Friday, June 3, and will run until Monday, June 6.

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This production contains adult themes, language, and references to violence.