From Pulitzer Prize finalist, Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman), comes an extraordinary theatrical event that explores the reactions of the St. Louis region to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. After conducting hundreds of interviews, Orlandersmith crafted a stunning play featuring eight real-life characters, all with unique and interesting perspectives. These stories reflect a range of human experiences – the drive to forward one’s prospects with education, the innate need to protect our loved ones from the harsh realities of the world and the urge to seek answers to life’s biggest questions. The result is a theatrical mosaic of diverse voices that explores how a community heals and grows together.
Theatre en Bloc is thrilled to present the Regional Premiere of this newly published piece that keeps in-line with our mission to produce quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX. There will also be Optional Talk Backs regarding race relations, impacts of trauma on a community, and self-protection following each performance.
Until the Flood features Florinda Bryant, in a one-woman powerhouse performance.
About Florinda Bryant: Florinda is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator who calls Austin home. As a performer and director she is no stranger to many stages in Austin, having worked with Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Rude Mechs, The VORTEX, Paper Chairs and Teatro Vivo. Some of favorite recent performances include Am I White (by Adrienne Dawes), The Panza Monologues (by Virginia Grise), Bright Now Beyond (By Daniel Alexander Jones and Bobby Halverson) and Fixing King John (adapted by Kirk Lynn). As a writer and poet, Florinda enjoys engaging audiences in explorations around identity, body and community. Her award winning one-woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at UT and was directed by Laurie Carlos. As a facilitator and arts educator, Florinda has worked with at risk communities, young men and women, and adults – using performance as a social justice tool for empowerment and change for over 18 years. A member of the Austin Project, sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, UT at Austin. Florinda is also a 2013 Woman of the Year for Racial Justice award recipient from the YWCA.
Until the Flood is directed by Jenny Lavery with Production Management by Blake Addyson, Lighting Design by Rachel Atkinson, Set Design by Blake Addyson, Costume Design by Jenny Hanna-Chambers, Photography by Errich Petersen, and Jenny Lavery as Producing Artistic Director. Until the Flood is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
PREVIOUS PRESS“Dael Orlandersmith does a great public service..she brings the questions, the pain, and even the unspeakable thoughts of hundreds, if not millions to life. Until the Flood is an urgent moral inquest.”– The New York Times“Dazzling… mesmerizing piece of theatre that I consider required viewing!” – Broadway World“Both Eye-Opening and Quietly Moving”– Variety“Orlandersmith uses a terrible event in the past to try help us all do better in the future, which where a piece about one of the sadder days in American history gets its crucial sense of hope. Until the Flood is so palpably compassionate, it achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”– Chicago TribuneUntil the Floodwill be performed at The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Road, Austin, TX, 78722
Running Time: 70 minutes with no intermissionABOUT THEATRE EN BLOC
Theatre en Bloc is a professional theatre company with a history of producing quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX. Founded by Jenny Lavery in 2011, TEB is led by the belief that great art inspires great communities. Our mission is to create and share elegantly rendered theatrical events, both new and extant, that collide with the question: What does it mean to be alive in the world today?
To date, TEB has created, developed and produced 8 original works as well as produced 7 regional premieres, garnering 80+ awards and nominations for their work. TEB has been named Company To Watch, named on several of the Chronicle’s Best in Theatre lists, and won Fontera short fringe both years entered with the original Violet Crown shadow puppet folk musicals. TEB has done national residencies developing new work, and taught at all of the local colleges.