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Dael Orlandersmith

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Alma
  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1996
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
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Writing

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Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Alma

  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1996
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Performer

Writing
Playwright
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Playwright

Dael Orlandersmith Biography

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 .


Dael Orlandersmith Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Dael OrlandersmithUntil the Flood
 
- 2015 - Best Solo Performance
Dael OrlandersmithForever
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actress - Play Gold Star
Dael Orlandersmith, Yellowman
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - John Gassner Playwriting Award
Dael Orlandersmith, Yellowman
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2002 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Dael Orlandersmith., Yellowman
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2002 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Dael Orlandersmith, Yellowman

Dael Orlandersmith News

DE-CRUIT Presents Three Shakespeare Adaptations  This Summer Photo DE-CRUIT Presents Three Shakespeare Adaptations This Summer
by Stephi Wild - Jul 7, 2022

DE-CRUIT has announced a three-show series at Theatre Row July 15 through August 20. Each production is a two-person adaptation of one of Shakespeare's classics, written and performed by DE-CRUIT founders Dawn Stern and Stephan Wolfert.

New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2022/23 2050 Artistic Fellows Photo New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2022/23 2050 Artistic Fellows
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022

New York Theatre Workshop has announced the playwrights and directors selected for the 2022/23 Season 2050 Artistic Fellowship. The 2022/23 Artistic Fellows are Miranda Cornell, Thaddeus McCants, Aileen Wen McGroddy, Attilio Rigotti, Andrew Rodriguez and Minghao Tu.

The Orange Tree Theatre Announces Paul Miller's Outgoing Season as Artistic Director Photo The Orange Tree Theatre Announces Paul Miller's Outgoing Season as Artistic Director
by Stephi Wild - Jun 23, 2022

As the Orange Tree Theatre continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary year, Artistic Director Paul Miller and Executive Director Hanna Streeter today announce a new season of plays until March 2023, marking Miller's outgoing season as Artistic Director. 

Mabou Mines Presents A Three-Day 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Work Photo Mabou Mines Presents A Three-Day 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Work
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 16, 2022

Mabou Mines presents a 50th Anniversary Celebration of Work, reaching back into the company's brimming five-decade history of innovative theater as a launchpad into the next 50 years.

Red Bull Theater Announces SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2022 Featuring Larissa FastHorse,  Photo Red Bull Theater Announces SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2022 Featuring Larissa FastHorse, Stephen Adly Guirgis & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022

Red Bull Theater today announced the eight world premieres in this year’s Short New Play Festival 2022. This in-person event is the latest installment of Red Bull’s renowned annual new play festival of classically inspired ten-minute plays.

Jade King Carroll Appointed as Producing Artistic Director of Chautauqua Theater Comp Photo Jade King Carroll Appointed as Producing Artistic Director of Chautauqua Theater Company
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2022

Chautauqua Institution today announced the appointment of the celebrated director Jade King Carroll as Producing Artistic Director of its resident Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC) following an extensive national search.

BWW Review: UNTIL THE FLOOD at Spoleto's Festival Hall Photo BWW Review: UNTIL THE FLOOD at Spoleto's Festival Hall
by Perry Tannenbaum - Jun 9, 2022

UNTIL THE FLOOD is an amazing, transformative theatre experience, a lesson for us all - including playwright Dael Orlandersmith, who researched it in Ferguson and St. Louis, Missouri.

FROZEN, THE BAND'S VISIT, HAMILTON and More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics C Photo FROZEN, THE BAND'S VISIT, HAMILTON and More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2022

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the nominees for theatrical excellence for 2020 and 2021. This year's awards have been combined due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Negro Ensemble Company to Present LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER at Cherry Lane Theatre Photo Negro Ensemble Company to Present LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER at Cherry Lane Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 7, 2022

During the Covid-19 pandemic, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) has been developing 'Lambs to Slaughter' by Khalil Kain, a new play with poetry and music, under the direction of Reginald L. Douglas. Khalil Kain is an urban icon who is renowned for his performances in the 1992 crime thriller 'Juice,' the UPN/CW sitcom 'Girlfriends' (2001-2008) and the title role in the Showtime biopic 'The Tiger Woods Story.'

The Wilma Theater to Honor Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka at FÊTE 2022 Photo The Wilma Theater to Honor Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka at FÊTE 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2022

The Wilma Theater announced today that Fête 2022 will honor retiring Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, who recently departed the company after 40 years in the position. Fête 2022 will be held on Monday June 13, 2022.

Dael Orlandersmith Videos

VIDEO: Watch Sneak Peek of NYTW's 25 YEARS OF RENT: MEASURED IN LOVE VideoVIDEO: Watch Sneak Peek of NYTW's 25 YEARS OF RENT: MEASURED IN LOVE
by Stage Tube - Feb 26, 2021

A quarter century ago, Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical, RENT, opened at New York Theatre Workshop. From its humble beginnings at NYTW, this rock musical went on to shape a generation. What began in the East Village traveled to Broadway, across the nation and around the world. While we await showtime, check out a trailer for the big event!

Video Flashback: Watch Two Scenes From Center Theatre Group's UNTIL THE FLOOD VideoVideo Flashback: Watch Two Scenes From Center Theatre Group's UNTIL THE FLOOD
by Stage Tube - Jun 19, 2020

This past winter Dael Orlandersmith brought her powerful play, 'Until the Flood,' to the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Watch two powerful scenes from the play in CTG's latest Scenes from the Vault entry!

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer For UNTIL THE FLOOD at the Denver Center for the Performing  VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer For UNTIL THE FLOOD at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
by Stage Tube - Feb 28, 2020

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents Until the Flood, March 20-May 3, 2020.

Cara Mía Theatre Announces Upcoming Season VideoCara Mía Theatre Announces Upcoming Season
by Julie Musbach - Jul 9, 2019

Cara Mia Theatre's 24th anniversary season will be the most diverse and inclusive season in the company's history, according to Executive Artistic Director David Lozano.

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Dael Orlandersmith in FOREVER
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2014

The world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith's "Forever," a DouglasPlus presentation, began rehearsals September 23 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre where it will open on October 12, 2014. Commissioned by CTG and directed by CTG Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, previews begin October 9 and performances continue through October 26.

STAGE TUBE: Promo for THEATERSPEAK's WRITE OUT FRONT - J. Stephen Brantley Writes a Play
by Stage Tube - Aug 4, 2012

THEATERSPEAK will present an installation of more than 70 award-winning and emerging playwrights writing new plays in the storefront window of the Drama Book Shop during store hours, August 13th - September 1st, In each two-hour time slot, a different playwright will write their play on a laptop, while the screen shot of their computer is visible to the street, opening their process up to the passerby on the street. Below, check out a video promo for the event, featuring J.Stephen Brantley of Hard Sparks writing a play

STAGE TUBE: Creatives Talk BLACK N BLUE BOYS/BROKEN MEN, Previews Begin 5/25
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2012

Berkeley Repertory Theatre concludes its season with another new play, Dael Orlandersmith's BLACK N BLUE BOYS/BROKEN MEN. This world premiere introduces audiences to children and adults forging identities in families fractured by abuse. Each relates a story that transforms these challenges into a celebration of our capacity to survive. Orlandersmith created this show after becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with Yellowman, and she brings these characters to life with the help of Obie Award-winning director Chay Yew.


Dael Orlandersmith Frequently Asked Questions

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

What awards has Dael Orlandersmith been nominated for?
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Until the Flood , Best Solo Performance () for Forever , Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Yellowman , John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Yellowman The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Yellowman and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Yellowman .

What awards has Dael Orlandersmith won?
Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Yellowman.