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Until the Flood

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Alumni writer Dael Orlandersmith returns to Rattlestick as writer and performer of this solo-play, written in response to Michael Brown’s death.

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After interviewing scores of St. Louis residents, Orlandersmith plays many faces and voices based on the life of the region. This is a mosaic of voices within this community and one viewpoint is not held above others.


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Ladue News

for a previous production "Orlandersmith’s drama is a riveting, thought-provoking production...Even-keeled and balanced in its approach to the nation’s festering problem of race relations that goes back 400 years, Until the Flood is certain to generate conversations about who we’ve been, who we are and who we will become in this unique Heartland city...What Orlandersmith has achieved is bringing a community’s raw emotions from the streets onto the stage in thoughtful and reflective fashion." Full Review


for a previous production "This is gripping theatre that gives us a group of composite characters who all affected in one way or another by the situation that occurred. It's also a must-see show that will have a profound effect on everyone who views it...Orlandersmith does an impressive job of inhabiting each of these characters and bringing them to life on the stage...It's a bravura performance, and one that should not be missed...A short but mesmerizing piece of theatre that I consider required viewing." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Each profile in the hour-long show has a specific atmosphere and impact...The results are moving in unexpected ways...If all you remember from the news coverage is the riots, 'Until The Flood' is everything else, beneath the tip of a brutally telegenic iceberg...One of the greatest things about this show is getting inside the minds of its two black teenagers...These are the moments to be most grateful for, that seem to unlock the mystery of Michael Brown." Full Review

Belleville News-Democrat

for a previous production "Orlandersmith provides an unflinching look at our community—a different perspective through eight distinct characters...As a performer, she masterfully becomes these characters—seamlessly switching voices, cadences, and postures to capture their personalities...This high-voltage piece is an example of what art can do—reflect a time and affect change. It may make us squirm and tear up. But it can't not affect us." Full Review

Stage Door St. Louis

for a previous production "Playing eight characters in the span of 70 minutes, Ms. Orlandersmith brings pain, wisdom, and enlightenment to the subject...At times gritty, at times hopeful, these are real stories from real people...Keller has brought Orlandersmith’s words and insights to the stage with power and sensitivity. One can’t help but be moved by her words and her performance...She brings an intensity to each individual that you can believe and feel for...It’s a dazzling tour de force." Full Review

St. Louis Eats and Drinks

for a previous production "'Until The Flood' is far more about the experience of race and interaction than it is about the Michael Brown death. That’s obviously a deliberate focus. It’s exposition, exploration, rather than preaching...Orlandersmith’s characters, even without the slight changes in wardrobe, are clearly delineated, and she changes accents and body habitus so well those changes are superfluous...Worthwhile, and more challenging than it appears at first." Full Review

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

for a previous production "Orlandersmith delivers a fast-paced, wide-ranging series of character sketches...Orlandersmith also plays two young black men in especially effective scenes...Orlandersmith doesn’t push her story forward; we don’t find out what happens to either of them. She lets 'Until the Flood' hover, midair, with its characters locked in a perpetual present tense. Without saying so explicitly, she forces us to remember how that happens only onstage. In reality, life goes on." Full Review

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