Friday November 9, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- 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. 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, and the Lecture Committee.