Run time: approximately 70 minutes with no intermission

The latest work by award winning playwright, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith focuses on the social unrest following the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The playwright crafted a one-act drama that focuses on eight composite characters from the St. Louis region, examining the issues of race and social unrest from a variety of perspectives. Orlandersmith’s drama is even-keeled and balanced in its approach to the nation’s festering problem of race relations that goes back 400 years. This one-woman show is certain to generate conversations about who we’ve been, who we are and who we will become.

Several performances of Until The Flood will include audience engagement events before or after the show which will feature community responders  and a  facilitated discussion. These events are free and will enrich the experience of this production, and keep the much-needed conversation about race going. Click here for details on each engagement event.


Thursday | 7/5/18 | 7:30pm

Friday | 7/6/18 | 8:00pm

Saturday | 7/7/18 | 8:00pm



Age & Content Considerations: Until the Flood contains coarse language and mature content, including descriptions of gun violence, racism, police relations, and race relations.

ACT believes that our patrons can determine what is offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We don’t create age restrictions but do our best to offer content advisories for each show. For detailed information about show content and possible triggers, please contact

Until the Flood DaelDael Orlandersmith previously performed Yellowman at ACT in 2002. Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at McCarter Theatre in a co-production with The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre. Orlandersmith was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play for Yellowman in 2002. The Blue Album, in collaboration with David Cale, premiered at Long Wharf Theatre in 2007. Stoop Stories was first performed in 2008 at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival and Apollo Theater's Salon Series; Washington, DC's Studio Theatre produced its world premiere in 2009. Bones was commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum where it premiered in 2010. Black N' Blue Boys/Broken Men was developed as a co-commission between the Goodman and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it was staged in May 2012. Orlandersmith wrote and performed a solo memoir play called Forever, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles in 2014, at the Long Wharf and New York Theatre Workshop in 2015, and at Portland Center Stage in 2016.Forever at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in July 2017. In Fall of 2016, Orlandersmith wrote and performed Until the Flood, which was commissioned by St Louis Rep. In 2018, it will be produced at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, Milwaukee Rep, Goodman Theater, and ACT Seattle. Orlandersmith has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. YELLOWMAN and a collection of her earlier works have been published by Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service. Orlandersmith attended Sundance Institute Theatre Lab for four summers and is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim and the 2005 PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship and an Obie Award for Beauty's Daughter. Orlandersmith is currently working on two commissions.

Friday, July 6, 8:00pm POST-SHOW DIALOGUE
  Facilitator: Tracy Hyland

Guest Responder: James Miles, Arts Corps Executive Director

James Miles is a major voice in conversations about art, education, equity and social justice - especially for youth. 

Below are some articles featuring Mr. Miles and Arts Corps:

"James Miles' cool job leading Arts Corps in Seattle" The Seattle Times, 2018

"Politicians don't bring people together. Artists do." TYA today: Voices Against Hate feature by James Miles, 2017

"Is it the rain? Why Seattle is an engine of Creativity" NPR radio feature with James Miles, 2017

"Stone Gossard Donates $10K to Arts Corps' 'The Residency' in Seattle" Pearl Jam, 2017

"5 Questions with James miles" Medium, by Joe Waters, 2017


Saturday, July 7, 2:00 pm POST-SHOW DIALOGUE
  Facilitators: Elisheba Johnson & Tracy Hyland

Guest Responder: Alexes Harris, UW Professor of Sociology & member of Humanities WA Speakers Bureau

Dr. Harris is a sociologist who uses a mixed-method approach to study institutional decision-making.  Her research interests focus on social stratification processes and racial and ethnic disparities. 

Dr. Harris has testified before the Washington State legislature, Washington State Supreme Court, Department of Justice, United States Commission on Civil Rights and at the White House about racial and ethnic inequalities in the criminal justice system and sentencing practices.


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New York Times Critic Pick

"One of the country's top talents for solo performance"- Time Out Chicago

"Orlandersmith gives powerful voice to Ferguson" - Chicago Sun-Time

"Fast-paced, imaginative" -St. Louis Dispatch

"A masterful performance" - Chicago Reader

Commissioned by the St. Louis Repertory Theatre in 2015, Until the Flood has toured across the country to various theatres. Learn more about Dael's process of creating and writing Until the Flood here

Our friends at Seattle Public Library have compiled a booklist specifically for Until the Flood. Get to know the subject matter before or after seeing the show here.

Previous press reviews:

New York Times



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