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Until the Flood

Until the Flood

By Dael Orlandersmith
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559365963, 96 pages, March 2020


In the gripping and revelatory Until the Flood, Dael Orlandersmith journeys into the heart and soul of modern-day America—confronting the powerful forces of history, race, and politics. Drawn from interviews following the shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, Orlandersmith embodies the many faces of a community rallying for justice and a country still yearning for change.


"A poetic plea for understanding and peace that ought to be heard all across the land. "

- Theatermania

Until the Flood is an urgent moral inquest. ”

- Jesse Green, New York Times

Until the Flood is far and away the richest and most painful of the Orlandersmith pieces I have seen…So palpably compassionate, it achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart. ”

- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“There is an urgency being relayed by Orlandersmith in this American drama, one that declares, ‘We are all responsible. ’”

- Sasha Bonét, Village Voice

“Orlandersmith gets under these black skins and white skins and finds common humanity of people who are just… people. ”

- Marilyn Stasio, Variety