Spotlight: Goodman associate Dael Orlandersmith's 'Until the Flood' receives broadcast premiere

  • Goodman Theatre artistic associate Dael Orlandersmith's solo work "Until the Flood," based on the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, has its broadcast premiere courtesy of the free digital platform All Arts.

    Goodman Theatre artistic associate Dael Orlandersmith's solo work "Until the Flood," based on the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, has its broadcast premiere courtesy of the free digital platform All Arts. Courtesy of Robert Altman

Posted11/18/2020 8:29 AM

'Until the Flood'

Goodman Theatre is among eight regional theaters that teamed up with All Arts to stream the broadcast premiere of "Until the Flood," a 2016 solo show written and performed by Goodman artistic associate Dael Orlandersmith. Based on the 2014 shooting of African American teen Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, Orlandersmith's one-woman show examines race, politics and history in the wake of the shooting that rocked a Missouri suburb. Presented by the digital platform All Arts, the production was filmed in 2018 at New York City's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.


Streamed on in cooperation with A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle; Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles; Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Goodman Theatre; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Portland Center Stage; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Hamilton's women

Actress/scholar Leslie Goddard plays the women in Alexander Hamilton's life -- wife Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, her older sister Angelica and their youngest sister Peggy -- as part of Steel Beam Theatre's ongoing Women of Steel livestream series showcasing notable women from history, literature and theater.

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Performances continue monthly through January. $10. See

A Paris love story

For his next livestreamed performance, pianist/adapter/director Hershey Felder channels 19th-century French composer Claude Debussy ("Clair de Lune," "Pelleas et Melisande," "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune"). Titled "A Paris Love Story -- Live From Florence," the bio-concert examines Debussy's impact as a master of classical music's version of impressionism, which emphasized mood and emotion.

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Streams at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. $55 per household. Proceeds benefit theaters impacted by COVID-19-related shutdowns. See

In other news

• The Second City has extended its livestreamed show "Happy Hour" through the end of the year. Suitable for viewers 18 and older, the interactive, improv and sketch comedy show runs at 7 p.m. Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) with 3 p.m. shows on Nov. 25 and Dec. 17. Second City comedians of color weigh in on big issues in "Black and White News: The Plan," which debuts online at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, and runs Wednesdays through Dec. 30. The show is suitable for ages 18 and older. Lastly, the family-friendly "The Really Awesome Improv Show" streams live at 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 28. See

• Aurora's Paramount School of the Arts announced it received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop a new play for young audiences that will tour schools throughout the Fox Valley during the 2021-2022 school year. To that end, Paramount is soliciting play-with-music submissions from playwrights of color that will be reviewed by Paramount Theatre artistic team members and educators. The writer of the selected work will receive a $3,000 commission to develop the play. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 5. Apply online at

• The African American Arts Alliance recently honored MPAACT's production of "The Master Comic," director Runako Jahi, actors Donn Carl Harper and Shenise Brown and technical artist Andrei Onegin with Black Excellence Awards recognizing African American artists for their artistic achievements.

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