STARTS SEP 3, 2021
By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Elizabeth Carter
Starts September 3, 2021
Combining heightened prose, poetry, and music playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith crafts a solo show with the rhythm and punch of big band jazz. From a stoop in Harlem, audiences meet the diversity of voices that populate the narrator’s NYC neighborhood. The variety of characters are drawn from Orlandersmith’s personal life and limitless imagination. She introduces us to an elderly Polish Holocaust survivor who has a chance meeting with Billie Holiday, a young poet struggling with addiction, a teenage Puerto Rican immersed in counter culture, a washed-up rock star, and a seventy-year-old New Yorker on a pilgrimage to the West Village to see Nina Simone. Aurora presents a new production of this compelling play with a local actor and team.
“Orlandersmith is one of a generation of gifted solo performers — among them Anna Deavere Smith, Danny Hoch, Sarah Jones and Heather Raffo — who demolished the fourth wall of American middle-class theater."
— Charlotte Stoudt, Los Angeles Times
All shows will be presented live in our space if health conditions allow, otherwise streamed to your home on video.