Wednesday November 7, 2012

Stew and the Negro Problem will perform at Williams College at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, on the MainStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

The event 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 theater box office, (413) 597-2425, Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Stew, a Los Angeles-bred musician, launched the Negro Problem in the early ‘90s. 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.