Considering how eager theaters are to reopen, and how careful their planning is to keep everyone safe, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more one-person dramatic presentations take to the stage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Certainly, Dael Orlandersmith’s “Until the Flood” would be just such a play, although it could be played with more than one actor. The script in paperback form published by Theatre Communications Group proves to be substantial. One can only imagine how powerful this could be live on stage.
A commissioned work, it premiered at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis before moving on to New York’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, ACT Theatre in Seattle, the Portland Center Stage in Oregon and a European premiere at the Arcola Theatre in Ireland.