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Lady in Denmark

Lady in Denmark
By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Chay Yew
October 19 – November 18, 2018

WORLD PREMIERE 

Every memory has a soundtrack of its own.

“I’m gonna love you like nobody’s loved you/come rain or come shine.” After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman living in Chicago finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of the couple’s favorite singer, Billie Holiday. A soulful, music-infused tribute to the legendary torch singer’s power to heal and inspire, Lady in Denmark is a passionate meditation on life, marriage and mortality from Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith—“one of the country’s top talents” (Time Out Chicago).

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Lady in Denmark

  • Dael Orlandersmith, Playwright
    Dael Orlandersmith, Playwright

    DAEL ORLANDERSMITH (Playwright) is an Artist Associate and Alice Center Resident Artist at the Goodman. Ms. Orlandersmith has collaborated with the Goodman on Until the Flood during the 2017/2018 Season, Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men during the 2012/2013 Season and Stoop Stories during the 2009/2010 Season. Until the Flood held its world premiere at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis followed by productions at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. 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. Ms. Orlandersmith first performed Stoop Stories in 2008 at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Apollo Theater’s Salon Series; Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre produced its world premiere in 2009. Her play Monster premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in 1996. The Gimmick, commissioned by McCarter Theatre, premiered in their Second Stage OnStage series in 1998 and went on to great acclaim at Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop; Ms. Orlandersmith won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Gimmick in 1999. Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at McCarter Theatre in a co-production with The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre. Ms. 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. Bones was commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum, where it premiered in 2010. Ms. 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, at Portland Center Stage in 2016 and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 2017. In the fall of 2016,  Ms. Orlandersmith  wrote  and  performed  Until the Flood, which was commissioned by St Louis Repertory Theatre. In 2018, it will be produced  at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre  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. Ms. 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. Ms. Orlandersmith is currently working on two commissions.

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  • Chay Yew, Director
    Chay Yew, Director

    CHAY YEW (Director) previously collaborated with the Goodman on Black n Blue Boys/Broken MenDartmoor Prison and the New Stages reading of Lady in Denmark. He is the artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater. Other Chicago credits include Po Boy Tango at Northlight Theatre; Where Did We Sit On The Bus? at Teatro Vista and Lettie, A Wonder in My Soul, Hillary and Clinton, The House That Will Not Stand, Oedipus el ReyDeath and the MaidenAn Issue of Blood, The Gospel of LovingkindnessMojada and Universes’ Ameriville at Victory Gardens Theater. In New York, he has directed at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Playwrights Realm, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, National Asian American Theatre Company and Ma-Yi Theatre Company. Regionally, he has directed at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Playmakers Rep, Empty Space Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Boston Court and East West Players. His opera credits include world premieres of Osvaldo Golijov and David Henry Hwang’s Ainadamar (co-production with the Tanglewood Music Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Rob Zuidam’s Rage of d’Amours (Tanglewood Music Center). For his direction, he has been awarded an Obie Award and Drama Logue Award. Mr. Yew edited Version 3.0: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Plays for TCG Publications. He is also an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the executive board of the League of Chicago Theatres and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Cultural Advisory Council. 

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  • Dael Orlandersmith, Stoop Stories
    Dael Orlandersmith, Stoop Stories

    Pictured in Goodman Theatre's production of Stoop Stories directed by Jo Bonney is playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith.

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  • Dael Orlandersmith, Black n Blue Boys
    Dael Orlandersmith, Black n Blue Boys

    Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith (pictured) and directed by Chay Yew.

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