★★★½ (out of 4)

Chicago Tribune

"Deeply compassionate"

Chicago Sun-Times

Streaming November 15, 2020 at 7pm CST – Fall 2023

Around 70 minutes

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On August 9, 2014 Darren Wilson, a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting ignited weeks of social unrest, propelled the activist movement known as Black Lives Matter and prompted a controversial investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Traveling to the region a few months after the shooting, Orlandersmith conducted interviews with dozens of people who were grievously shaken by the shooting and its turbulent aftermath. From these intimate conversations, she has created eight unforgettable characters who embody a community struggling to come to terms with the personal damage caused by these complex events. Experienced in performance, these voices offer haunting reminders of America’s continuing struggle with racism and justice.

Awarded a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times and acclaimed by critics and audiences across the country, Until The Flood powerfully explores the roiling currents of American history, race and politics that exploded in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and sent shock waves across the nation. Until The Flood is an unmissable drama that, the Chicago Tribune raved, “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”

Goodman Theatre is proud to partner with ALL ARTS, the free broadcast and digital platform dedicated to the arts, as well as the following theaters in presenting this stream free to our audiences: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Until the Flood was originally commissioned and produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre and subsequently produced in the United States and the U.K. with the same performer, director and creative team.

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Critical Praise
  • "A masterful performance"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "Palpably compassionate"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Orlandersmith gives powerful voice to Ferguson"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "A moving understanding of the need for healing"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Deeply moving"

    - Stage and Cinema

  • "Powerful and thought-provoking"

    - BroadwayWorld

  • "An urgent moral inquest"

    - The New York Times

  • "A poetic plea for understanding and peace"

    - TheaterMania

  • "Orlandersmith does a great public service in her new play"

    - The New York Times

  • "Compelling true-life story"

    - Daily Herald

  • "Thoroughly engaging"

    - KDHX

  • "Quietly moving and eye-opening"

    - Variety

  • "Fast-paced...sharp and imaginative"

    - St. Louis Dispatch

  • "Packs a real punch"

    - BroadwayWorld

  • "Intelligent, emotionally moving and essential"

    - On Milwakee

  • "Riveting, thought-provoking"

    - Ladue News

  • A "dazzling tour-de-force"

    - Stage Door St. Louis

  • "Poignant, forceful...spectacular"

    - KDHX

  • Dael Orlandersmith

    Dael Orlandersmith Playwright / Performer

  • Neel Keller

    Neel Keller Director