“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
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.
Dael Orlandersmith is an actor, poet, and playwright. Her play Yellowman was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She is currently working on two new plays and a novel.