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Dael Orlandersmith previously collaborated with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater on Horsedreams in 2011 after it was developed at New Dramatists and workshopped at New York Stage and Film Company in 2008. Monster premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 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; 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. 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 Floodwhich 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 .

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Red Bull Theater 20th Anniversary To Feature Audra McDonald, Patrick Page, Santino Fontana, Reeve Carney, and More

RED BULL THEATER has announced details of its plans for 2024, celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Highlights include the rolling world premiere of Medea: Re-Versed opening Off-Broadway; a new season of OBIE Award-winning Revelation Readings with an all-star line-up (offered both in-person and online); and an all-new season of the popular Red Bull Theater Podcasts (formerly known as RemarkaBULL Podversations), intimate behind the scenes conversations with great artists.

Support East Coast Regional Theaters on Giving Tuesday

In the vibrant spirit of generosity that defines Giving Tuesday, BroadwayWorld is proud to shine a spotlight on the remarkable campaigns launched by theaters across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Check out campaigns from the East Coast.

Terrence McNally New Works Incubator Now Accepting Applications for Cycle 2

Rattlestick Theatre, the Terrence McNally Foundation, and Tom Kirdahy Productions (TKP) announced today applications for Cycle 2 of the Terrence McNally New Works Incubator.

Director Shirley Jo Finney Passes Away at 74

The theater community mourns the passing of celebrated director Shirley Jo Finney, who passed away after battling cancer. The Fountain Theatre will host a memorial service to honor her life and achievements.

Liz Callaway, Alex Edelman, Trevor Noah & More Nominated for 2023 United Solo Special Award

Discover the nominees for the 2023 United Solo Special Award, which will be presented at the festival's closing gala on November 19. Find out who made the list and get ready to celebrate outstanding solo performances.

YOU DON'T KNOW THE LONELY ONE Returns To Ancram Opera House In October

'You Don’t Know the Lonely One' returns to Ancram Opera House in October. Acclaimed theater artists David Cale, Dael Orlandersmith, Matthew Dean Marsh, and director Robert Falls present their new work, a collaborative portrait of aloneness in an ever-shifting world. Don't miss this unforgettable production.

FANGIRLS, MINORITY REPORT, and More Set For Lyric Hammersmith's Spring/Summer 2024 Season

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its Spring/Summer 2024 Season, opening April 2024 with Minority Report. Learn more about the full season and how to get tickets here!

MEDEA: RE-VERSED World Premiere, THE COUNTRY WIFE & More Set for Red Bull Theater 2023-24 Season

RED BULL THEATER has unveiled its 2023-’24 season, including a world premiere opening Off-Broadway and much more. See full programing and learn how to purchase tickets!

Ancram Opera House Announces 2023 Fall Season

In announcing its slate of productions for fall 2023, Ancram Opera House has extended its commitment to presenting new theatrical work cultivated in the Hudson Valley.

New York Theatre Workshop Reveals 2023/24 Season 2050 Administrative Fellows & Producing Fellow

Find out what's in store for New York Theatre Workshop's 2023/24 season as they announce their lineup and introduce the 2050 Administrative Fellows. Get a sneak peek into the productions and meet the talented individuals who will contribute to the success of the theater.

Rattlestick Theater Unveils 2023/24 Season Featuring SPIRITUS/VIRGIL's DANCE NY Premiere & More

Discover the upcoming mainstage production of 'Spiritus/Virgil's Dance' at Rattlestick Theater. Mark your calendars and prepare to be enthralled by this mesmerizing performance by Dael Orlandersmith. Don't miss out on this incredible theatrical experience.

Mosaic Theater Company Presents World Premiere of MONUMENTAL TRAVESTIES

Mosaic Theater Company presents the world premiere of Monumental Travesties, a searing new comedy written by Mosaic's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence Psalmayene 24 and directed by Mosaic Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas. Inspired by the Emancipation Memorial in DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood, the play runs September 7-October 1, 2023, and opens Mosaic's 2023-2024 season.

Review: Dael Orlandersmith's 'SPRITUS/VIRGIL'S DANCE Shines in its Humanity

Dael Orlandersmith reigns supreme in the Studio 112 space at CATF, telling the story of Virgil, a native of the Bronx.  Curated and written with care, and based on Orlandersmith’s interviews and research, the humanity of the piece shines brilliantly. 

New York Theatre Workshop to Present the 05Fest - in Conjunction with THE HALF-GOD OF RAINFALL

Discover the excitement at New York Theatre Workshop's 05Fest, where THE HALF-GOD OF RAINFALL takes center stage. Immerse yourself in a festival of innovative theater and experience the best of what NYTW has to offer. Don't miss this captivating celebration of theater!

The 2023 Obie Awards Announce Judges & Eligibility

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President & CEO) has announced its 2023 panel of judges and eligibility details for The Obie Awards. Now in its 67th year, the annual event, celebrating the best of Off and Off Off Broadway, is co-chaired by Obie-winning director David Mendizábal and veteran theater critic Melissa Rose Bernardo.

Basil Kreimendahl Named 2023-26 Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence

Rattlestick Theater has named playwright Basil Kreimendahl as its 2023-26 Mellon Foundation Playwright in residence. 

Cast Set for Red Bull Theater 2023 Short New Play Festival

Red Bull Theater has revealed the cast for the eight world premieres selected for the company’s 13th annual Short New Play Festival.

Alexandra Silber, Jason Bowen & More to Star in THE HALF-GOD OF RAINFALL at New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop has announced the full cast and creative team for The Half-God of Rainfall. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

New York Theatre Workshop Reveals 2050 Fellows, New Company-in-Residence and Artistic Department Expansion

New York Theatre Workshop has announced the artists selected for the 2023/24 Season 2050 Artistic Fellowship.

Red Bull Theater Reveals Short New Play Festival 2023 Winning Submissions

Red Bull Theater has announced the eight world premieres selected for the company’s 13th annual Short New Play Festival.


Dael Orlandersmith has written 4 shows including Beauty's Daughter (Playwright), Monster (Playwright), The Gimmick (Playwright), Yellowman (Playwright).

Dael Orlandersmith has been nominated for several awards throughout their career. They were nominated for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play at the Drama League Awards for "Until the Flood." They were also nominated for Best Solo Performance for "Forever." Additionally, Orlandersmith received a nomination for Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for their performance in "Yellowman." They were recognized with the John Gassner Playwriting Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Yellowman" as well. Furthermore, Orlandersmith's play "Yellowman" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Dael Orlandersmith has won the Outstanding Actress - Play award at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in the play Yellowman.

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