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Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 15 members
Review from Dwilliamsoake
6 events 2 reviews

Ms. Orlandersmith is truly gifted... each of the characters she conjured up addressed the audience as an authentic individual force. As a former New York city resident in my youth… authenticity is an accurate depiction of the energy, feel, and...continued

reviewed Mar 20 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from JEC
74 events 4 reviews

The stories that comprise "Stoop Stories" were at times sad, beautiful, and hopeful, but always touching. I especially was impressed by Orlandersmith's ability to use words for maximum power and expression. She uses juxtaposition of phrases,...continued

reviewed Apr 05 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
1 event 1 review

LOVED IT! Dael is a gift to us all and illuminates the human condition with breathtaking beauty and accuracy.

reviewed Apr 03 2009 report as inappropriate
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Written and Performed by Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by Jo Bonney

In the world premiere production of Stoop Stories, the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner transforms herself into a stunning array of characters, from an irate club-goer to an elderly Holocaust survivor. As each life unfolds, this master storyteller brings vivacity and freedom to the voices of the street, taking the audience on a whirlwind journey through urban life. Directed by acclaimed director Jo Bonney, Stoop Stories speaks to the current zeitgeist, with these two extraordinary women creating a theatrical event that celebrates the diversity and multiplicity of voices in a new and exciting world.

In Stoop Stories, Dael Orlandersmith uses her unparalleled talents as a storyteller and poet to take the audience on a electrifying walk through the streets and alleys of New York City. As her tales dramatize the sights, smells, and sounds of various neighborhoods, characters from the past and present spring forth, embodying the spirit of the city. From a rocker-turned-junkie to an impressionable young poetess, Orlandersmith gives astonishing authenticity to the diverse men and women who make up a community, but who live out on the fringes of it. Through these various characters and her own incomparable voice, Orlandersmith allows us to bear witness to the changing face of an urban world that speaks to anyone who has ever seen their own neighborhoods and the people who inhabit them transform over time. 

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