Stew and the Negro Problem to Perform at Williams

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 30, 2012—Stew and the Negro Problem will come to Williams College on Saturday, Nov. 10. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on the MainStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance and is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  Tickets are available online at http://62center.williams.edu/62center/ or by contacting the theatre box office at 413-597-2425, Tues. through Sat., 1 to 5 p.m.

Stew, a Los Angeles-bred musician, launched the Negro Problem in the early ’90s. The performance group received mainstream attention for its production Passing Strange, which won a 2008 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical.” Stew and his collaborator Heidi Rodewald aim to challenge racial preconceptions through their music. They lead two critically acclaimed bands: the Afro-Baroque band The Negro Problem and the multi-disciplinary ensemble Stew.

Stew is a two-time Obie winner and four-time Tony nominee. He is also well-known as the composer of “Gary Come Home” from SpongeBob Squarepants. Rodewald has spent more than a decade as a performer, arranger, and producer. She also wrote and performed with the female punk band Wednesday Week.

The event is sponsored by Africana Studies, American Studies, the Lecture Committee, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Endowment for the Arts.

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