Until, Until, Until...
Dir. Edgar Arceneaux
Until, Until, Until…, investigates the infamous 1981 performance of Broadway legend Ben Vereen, televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration celebration. Intended as an homage to vaudevillian Bert Williams – America’s first mainstream black entertainer – the final five minutes of the performance were censored for the television audience, causing Vereen’s biting commentary on the history of segregation and racist stereotypes in performance to be lost on viewers at home. Until, Until, Until… is based on the footage that never aired that night. This piece questions the truth of past narratives and creates an opportunity to reconsider our collective understanding of historic events.
Scenic Design: Eli Smith
Lighting Design: Dylan Phillips
Sound Design: Daniel Gower
Video Design: Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh