January 13, Thursday
7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre
Dael Orlandersmith is nationally renowned poet, actor, and playwright whose play Yellowman was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She won an Obie Award in 1995 for her play Beauty's Daughter. The New York Times has called Olandersmith "an otherworldly messenger, perhaps the sorcerer's apprentice, or a heaven-sent angel with the devil in her." Random House deems hers as one of the truly unique voices in contemporary American drama. Her other works include Monster and The Gimmick. Born in East Harlem, she now lives and works in New York City.
As part of her Winter Term residency at Middlebury, Orlandersmith offers a staged reading of two short scripts:
Rave is a new solo piece featuring stage and film actor Jack Gwaltney, who presented the work last fall at New York’s Rattlestick Theater.
Man of Water is a two-man show that will feature Assistant Professor Alex Draper ‘88 along with Gwaltney.
Both scripts contain adult language and content—for mature audiences.
The playwright will be joined by the actors for a post-reading discussion: “Writing Characters Who Don’t Look Like Me.”
Organized by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and playwright Dana Yeaton '79.
Sponsored by the African American Alliance, Distinguished Men of Color, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Education Studies Program, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Chellis House, the Office of the Dean of the College and the Academic Enrichment Fund.