The Armory

"Until the Flood" Cast & Creative Team

Posted March 14, 2019

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Writer and performer of Until the Flood, Dael Orlandersmith

Until the Flood

By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Neel Keller

The Creative Team

Takeshi KataScenic Designer
Kaye VoyceCostume Designer
Mary Louise GeigerLighting Designer
Justin EllingtonSound Designer & Original Music
Nicholas HussongVideo Designer
Kristen MunStage Manager
Molly Shevaun ReedProduction Assistant

The Actor and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

Dael Orlandersmith, Writer & Performer
Dael Orlandersmith, Writer & Performer

Dael Orlandersmith is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize nominee. In the fall of 2016, Orlandersmith wrote and performed Until The Flood (commissioned by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), followed by a run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, and ACT (Seattle). In 2014-2015, she wrote and performed her solo memoir play Forever, which debuted at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Center Theatre Group commission), followed by a run at The Long Wharf, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and Abbey Theatre (Dublin). Orlandersmith’s plays include Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men (co-produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Goodman Theatre); Horsedreams (developed at New Dramatists and New York Stage and Film Company; Off-Broadway premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Bones (commissioned and produced by Mark Taper Forum); Suicide Girlz (commissioned by Atlantic Theater Company); Stoop Stories (developed at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Apollo Theater’s Salon Series; premiered at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.); The Blue Album (a collaboration with David Cale; premiered at Long Wharf Theatre); Yellowman (commissioned and co-produced by The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre; premiered at McCarter Theatre; Off-Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club); The Gimmick (commissioned by McCarter Theatre and premiered on its Second Stage, Off-Broadway premiere at New York Theatre Workshop); Beauty’s Daughter (Off-Broadway premiere at American Place Theatre); and Monster (originally at New York Theatre Workshop). Yellowman and a collection of her earlier works have been published by Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service. Orlandersmith was nominated for the 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance in Forever. With Yellowman, she received a Pulitzer Prize nomination, Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play, and a Susan Smith Blackburn Award. For Beauty’s Daughter, she received an Obie Award and was a Susan Smith Blackburn Award finalist. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim, a PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. As a teacher, she has worked at Princeton University (artist in residence, 2009), Yale University, and Sarah Lawrence College, among others. Orlandersmith is currently working on two commissions and a book of autofiction.

Neel Keller, Director
Portland Center Stage at The Armory credits: Forever, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and the holiday double feature The Santaland Diaries with A Christmas Memory (2002-2004). Neel has enjoyed a long and happy collaboration with Dael Orlandersmith. They met almost 30 years ago, on a production of Romeo and Juliet. Over the last several years they have worked closely on creating and producing Orlandersmith’s acclaimed plays Until The Flood and Forever. Neel’s other recent productions include the world premieres of Julia Cho’s Office Hour, Eliza Clark’s Quack, Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, Kimber Lee’s different words for  the same thing, and Lucy Alibar’s Throw Me On The Burnpile and Light Me Up. Neel’s productions have been mounted at many theaters, including The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theater, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, ACT Seattle, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Neel is an associate artistic director at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Directors Guild of America.

Takeshi Kata, Scenic Designer
Recent New York City credits include Until The Flood (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Office Hour (The  Public Theater), Man From Nebraska (Second Stage), The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Derren Brown: Secret (Atlantic Theater Company), and Forever (New York Theatre Workshop). Regionally, Kata has designed for American Players Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Kirk Douglas Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Nashville Opera, The Old Globe, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Kata has won an Obie award and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Barrymore, Connecticut Critics Circle, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, TBA, and Ovation awards. He is an associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts.

Kaye Voyce, Costume Designer
Kaye’s Broadway credits include Significant Other, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, and Shining City. Recent Off-Broadway work includes Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre and Minetta Lane Theatre), Office Hour, Hamlet (The Public Theater), Measure for Measure (Elevator Repair Service/The Public Theater), Queens, After the Blast (Lincoln Center Theater), The Antipodes, Signature Plays, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre), Detroit (Playwrights Horizons), and 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theater). Opera credits include War Stories (Opera Philadelphia), The Summer King (Pittsburgh Opera, world premiere), Il Turco in Italia (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Dijon Opera, Teatro Regio Torino, and Teatr Wielki), Other credits include Trisha Brown’s final two dances, “Rogues” and “Toss,” and many collaborations with Richard Maxwell and New York City Players, including “Open Rehearsal” for the Whitney Biennial. Kaye was born in Milwaukee.

Mary Louise Geiger, Lighting Designer
Portland Center Stage at The Armory credits: Forever, The Cripple of InishmaanRedFrom the Mississippi Delta, Absurd Person Singular, and for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf. Broadway: The Constant Wife (American Airlines Theatre). Off-Broadway: Until The Flood, Draw the Circle (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation (The Acting Company); Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Forever, Oedipus at Palm Springs (New York Theatre Workshop); Three Wise Guys, Natural Affection,  (TACT). Other recent credits: This Bitter Earth, Les Carillons (New York City Ballet); Good TelevisionThe New York Idea (Atlantic Theater Company); Kindness, Blue Door, (Playwrights Horizons); DollHouseRed Beads (Mabou Mines). Awards: Helen Hayes, IRNE, NYSCA. Training: Yale. Faculty: NYU. mlgeiger.com

Justin Ellington, Sound Designer & Original Music
Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut. New York City credits include: Other Desert Cities, Pass Over, Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater); The House That Will Not Stand, Fetch Clay, Make Man, The Seven (New York Theatre Workshop); He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, The Winter’s Tale (Theatre for a New Audience). Regional credits include: Life of Galileo (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Kill Move Paradise (Wilma Theater); Until The Flood, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), How to Catch Creation (Goodman Theatre); Familiar (Steppenwolf Theatre); ink (Kennedy Center); The Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). International credits include: The American Clock (The Old Vic, London). Ellington is the recipient of a Grammy, American Society of Composers and Publishers, and Obie awards.

Nicholas Hussong, Video Designer
Off-Broadway credits include: Until The Flood (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, ACT Seattle); These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk nomination; Geffen Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre); White Guy on the Bus (59E59 Theaters, Delaware Theatre Company); Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), and Chix 6 (La Mama). Regional credits include: Kleptocracy (Arena Stage); Grounded (Alley Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre); Two Trains Running (Arden Theatre Company), The Mountaintop (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Ella: First Lady of Song (Delaware Theatre Company), and many others. Nicholas was an artistic associate at Triad Stage in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he continues to design new works based on Appalachian life written by Preston Lane. Nickhussong.com

Kristen Mun, Stage Manager
Kristen is originally from the island of Oahu and holds a B.F.A. from Southern Oregon University. She is excited to return for her sixth season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Previous credits at The Armory include stage manager for Sense and Sensibility, Constellations, and Major Barbara; assistant stage manager for The Color Purple, Fun Home, and Astoria: Part Two; and production assistant on many others. Kristen is also a freelance fight choreographer and teacher. Thank you to Adam and her family for always having her back.

Molly Shevaun Reed, Production Assistant
Molly is thrilled to join Portland Center Stage at The Armory this season as a stage management apprentice. Recent credits at The Armory include Sense and Sensibility, Twist Your Dickens, The Color Purple, and A Life. Originally from Denton, Texas, Molly has worked in stage management, props design, and has developed new work as a director in Dallas and Portland. Local credits include stage manager for Spectravagasm X, director/designer/producer for the one-woman original play Endless Oceans, and assistant director/production assistant for The Few at CoHo Productions. Dallas credits include stage manager for Dry Land at Upstart Theater and director/designer for the world premiere of Nomad Americana at WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (formerly titled Rooting at Nouveau 47 Theatre). Love and thanks to Cam, Fam, Lyss, and Bear.

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