Dael Orlandersmith solo show, world premiere drama set for Center Theatre Group's DouglasPlus series
The Center Theatre Group will present two plays -- a one-woman show and a world premiere drama -- by Dael Orlandersmith this summer as part of its DouglasPlus series at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
Orlandersmith, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner, will revisit the New York neighborhoods of her youth in "Stoop Stories," portraying characters including a rocker-turned-junkie, a bright girl corrupted by an addict and a jazz-loving Holocaust survivor who once met Billie Holiday.
Jo Bonney is consulting director for the production, which will run July 7-11. "Stoop Stories" appeared in the 2008 Under the Radar Festival at New York's Public Theater and premiered at the Studio Theatre in Washington in 2009.
In Orlandersmith's new play, "Bones," a mother and her grown son and daughter meet in a shabby airport hotel to confront troubling memories from their family's past. Gordon Edelstein will direct the production -- a CTG commission -- which will run July 30-Aug. 8.
Known for her poetic, often musical language and the emotional intensity of her work, Orlandersmith won an Obie in 1995 for “Beauty’s Daughter.”
She was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer and won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for "Yellowman," which premiered at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., in a co-production with the Wilma and Long Wharf theaters. The Fountain Theatre in Hollywood staged an award-winning production in 2005.
Orlandersmith's other works include “Monster,” “The Gimmick,” “The Blue Album” (created in collaboration with David Cale), “Horsedreams” and “Suicide Girlz.”
The DouglasPlus series, which is in its second season, offers an eclectic mix of programming, including works in development at CTG.
-- Karen Wada
Photo: Dael Orlandersmith in "Stoop Stories" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2009. Credit: Eric Y. Exit