TALKS: Dael Orlandersmith of NYTW’s FOREVER

Dael Orlandersmith in FOREVER  (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

Dael Orlandersmith in FOREVER
(Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

New York Theatre Workshop is closing their 2014-2015 season with the one-woman show Forever written and starring Obie award-winning actress, poet, playwright, and teacher Dael Orlandersmith. Directed by Neel Keller, the Associate Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group and recent director of The NetherForever a memoire that reflects upon family as Dael journeys to the famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where countless artistic icons in history are buried. While exploring  the graves of such greats like as Morrison and Oscar Wild, Dael takes a look back at her past – from the New York City up bringing to the strained and abusive relationship with her mother, from her passion for music and art to her to her conviction to success where her mother couldn’t.

Dale has performed all over New York City and the world and has written many prominent plays of note, including Yellowman (Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee), Black n Blue Boys/Broken MenHorsedreamsBeauty’s Daughter (Obie Award), and more. She has an inspiring career and has worked with many prominent theater companies: The Public, The Goodman Theatre, Second Stage, and the McCarter Theatre to name a few. If that weren’t enough, she also teaches at Sarah Lawrence!

Dael honored us at Arts In Color with an in-depth, forthcoming conversation about Forever, her career, her views on the industry, and so much more. She doesn’t hold back, and we’re all the better for it (you can’t buy her kind of honesty). Check out my awesome conversation with this incredible, inspiring artist below:


If you didn’t know who Dael Orlandersmith was before, you need to know her now. It’s not too late to catch Forever at the NYTW. Performances run through May 31st. For tickets and more information, CLICK HERE. Student Rush tickets are available at the box office for $25 ( one per student I.D.). They also offer Cheap Ticket Sundays which are cash only $20, 4 per person and subject to availability.

Dael Orlandersmith in  NYTW's FOREVER  (Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus)

Dael Orlandersmith in NYTW’s FOREVER
(Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

Have you read/seen any of Dael’s work before? What did you think? Who is your favorite artist of the ones she mentions in the interview and/or the play? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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