Special Guest: Michael ‘Stew’ Stewart
Passing Strange is a comedy-drama rock musical about a young African American’s artistic journey of self-discovery in Europe, with strong elements of philosophical existentialism, metafiction (especially self-referential humor), and the artistic journey. The musical’s lyrics and book are by Stew with music and orchestrations by Heidi Rodewald and Stew. It was created in collaboration with director Annie Dorsen.
The musical was developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in 2004 and 2005, one of the few works to be invited back for a second round of development. It had productions in Berkeley, California and Off-Broadway before opening on Broadway in 2008, garnering strong reviews and several awards. Spike Lee filmed the musical on Broadway in July 2008, premiering the film in 2009.
This screening is in association with Professor Michael Gillespie’s course, Film Blackness. The screening is followed by a conversation with the special guest, and a question and answer portion with the audience. Screenings are free for Princeton students, faculty and staff. Public tickets are $6-11 available through the Garden Theatre box office online or in person.