passing strange movie coverWednesday, September 20, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Princeton Garden Theatre
Tickets required

Stew, the star and co-writer of the hit Broadway musical Passing Strange, screens Spike Lee’s film version of the stage production and discusses his collaboration with Lee as part of the new film screening series Film Blackness, organized by visiting associate professor Michael Gillespie (City College of New York) and made possible by the John Sacret Young Fund for visiting filmmakers. The film follows a young African-American musician known as “the Youth” who is thrust into the world of rock ‘n’ roll on a journey to self-discovery.

Tickets are free for Princeton University students, faculty and staff; show Princeton University ID at the Garden Theatre box office to pickup tickets. Public tickets are $6-11 available through the Garden Theatre box office online or in person.


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Photo courtesy of Stew

STEW is an award-winning musician, performer, screenwriter, playwright, composer, and lyricist. He won a 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Passing Strange, as well as two Drama Desk Awards for the music and lyrics he created for Passing Strange. Spike Lee shot a feature film of the Broadway production of Passing Strange and it rocked selected theaters throughout the US before debuting on PBS’ Great Performances in 2009. Stew leads a band called Stew & The Negro Problem, whose eight albums have attracted much critical acclaim and numerous “Album of the Year” awards. Stew and Heidi Rodewald, his two-time Obie Award-winning collaborator, created Making It, a song-cycle for rock band and video, which was commissioned by and performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse in February 2010. In October 2010, Brooklyn Omnibus, another live song-cycle with video, was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and performed there. The Total Bent, a new musical developed at the Public Theater Lab in the winter of 2012, finished a run at the Public in the summer of 2016 after being extended twice. January 2012 saw the release of the music from Making It by The Negro Problem on their new label Tight Natural Productions. Stew’s work has been featured on multiple occasions at Lincoln Center, the United Nations, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Getty Museum, Hammer Museum, UCLA Live, Seattle Repertory Theater, NPR, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.


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  • Program in Visual Arts
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