On January 11, 1954, jazz singer Billie Holiday arrived in Copenhagen to kick off her first European tour, a trip long in the making.
As America’s melting pot coalesced in the 19th and 20th centuries, Danish immigrants comprised a small portion of the millions of new citizens. Between 1840 and 1914, around 300,000 Danes arrived in America (by comparison, more than four million Italians and four million Irish immigrated during this period).
Stage and screen star Linda Gehringer returns to the Owen Theatre, where she was last seen in Rebecca Gilman’s The Crowd You’re in With (a performance for which she earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nod). This time, she commands the stage as Helene, the central and sole character in Dael Orlandersmith’s new play.
Perhaps best known for her solo works in which she often inhabits multiple characters—with admirably expressive subtlety—playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith is a storyteller through and through, an artist for whom no moment in life is insignificant, no person undeserving of consideration.
I am thrilled to welcome Dael, Linda and Chay back to the Goodman for the opening production of our 2018/2019 Owen Theatre Season. I hope you find their work as insightful, deft and stirring as I do.