Book and lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen
Directed by Matt Slaybaugh
Music Direction by Zac DelMonte
May 7 - May 23, 2020
Riffe Center Studio One
77 South High St.
Thursday, May 7 @ 8pm (w/ talkback)
Friday, May 8 @ 8pm (w/ talkback)
Saturday, May 9 @ 8pm
Thursday, May 14 @ 8pm (w/ talkback)
Friday, May 15 @ 8pm (w/ talkback)
Saturday, May 16 @ 8pm
Sunday, May 17 @ 2pm
Thursday, May 21 @ 8pm (w/ talkback)
Friday, May 22 @ 8pm (w/ talkback)
Saturday, May 23 @ 8pm
"Far richer in wit, feeling and sheer personality than most of what is classified as musical theater these days."
- Charles Isherwood, NY Times
"Passing Strange is a brilliant work about migration—a geographical migration but also its hero’s migration beyond the tenets of 'blackness' and toward selfhood."
- Hilton Als, The New Yorker
ABOUT THIS PLAY
Passing Strange is a one of a kind, genre breaking, art pop, coming of age autobiography with a punk rock heart.
Aching to find his unique place in the world, a young, black artist rebels against his church-going family and sets out on his own. He leaves Los Angeles on a pilgrimage to the hash cafés of Amsterdam and the boozy haunts of Berlin, where artists plot assaults on the mainstream. He holds many poses and tries on many roles as seeks out “the real” and tries to escape the identity that’s always calling him home.
Passing Strange is like a rowdy concert that happens to tell a great story. With music from Stew and Heidi Rodewald (of the L.A. band The Negro Problem,) the show moves through out-there psychedelic, fiery R&B, and riotous punk in a celebration of the transcendent power of rock and roll rebellion.
RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: Living Colour, Bad Brains, Who We Be, Te-Nehisi Coates, Sorry to Bother You