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Created in response to the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Dael Orlandersmith's one-person play is a complex inquiry into the wide-ranging repercussions of Brown's death. Orlandersmith conducted extensive interviews with residents of Ferguson and St. Louis in order to give voice to a chorus of characters from the community whose differing perspectives offer a complicated understanding of what happened and why. A stark examination of the way racism manifests in present-day America.
About the Author
Dael Orlandersmith is an actress, poet, and playwright. She won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Gimmickin 1999 and she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play for Yellowman in 2002. Orlandersmith 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. Her other plays include Horsedreams, Monster, The Blue Album, Stoop Stories, Bones, Black N' Blue Boys/Broken Men, and Forever.