“A celebration of Baldwin’s legacy as an inspiration for artists to create their own work that, like his, defies genres and expectations.” –New York Times
September 8, 2016September 11, 2016

Meet the Artists


Heidi Rodewald • Cast

Production Team

Stew • Cast
Nell Bang-Jensen • Production
Patreshettarlini Adams • Production
Kimithia Cashin • Production
Heidi Rodewald

Heidi Rodewald is the Tony Award nominated, Obie Award-winning co-composer of the musical Passing Strange, which transferred from The Public Theater to Broadway in 2008. Rodewald composed music for Karen Kandel’s Portraits: Night and Day (2004); Brides of the Moon by The Five Lesbian Brothers (2010); and co-composed music for Shakespeare’s Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (2010–12). Rodewald joined the band The Negro Problem in 1997, where she began a longtime collaboration with singer songwriter, Stew. She has collaborated with him in a range of capacities — as a co-composer, producer, arranger and performer. She is the co-composer with Stew of the musical Family Album, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the 2014 season; Notes of a Native Song, at Harlem Stage in 2015; Wagner, Max! Wagner! at the Kennedy Center in 2015; and The Total Bent, at the Public Theater, May 2016. Heidi is the composer for The Good Swimmer with librettist Donna DiNovelli, presented by Prototype Festival January 2016 at space HERE in NYC, and scored her first film I Dream Too Much, which had its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.