Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2014-2015: Beyond Labels

October 23 at 7 PM


Montpelier Room, Madison Building (LM 619)

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In a special appearance Stew discusses his career as a playwright, songwriter, poet and lyricist. His rock musical Passing Strange took top Tony, Obie and Drama Desk awards, and inspired the Spike Lee documentary premiered at Sundance. Working with his band The Negro Problem and longtime collaborator Heidi Rodewald, Stew has created a powerful and provocative body of work—songs and shows that chronicle a semiautobiographical musical journey and reveal “a razor-sharp literary eye and a wicked sense of humor” (Chicago SunTimes). Adrien-Alice Hansel, The Studio Theatre’s Literary Director, talks with Stew about the song lyric as poem and as a dramatic text, and takes a look at some interesting recent projects—his song cycle Brooklyn Omnibus, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a new show written for the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Family Album.

Presented in association with The Studio Theatre

Presented in association with Library of Congress Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association