The Flynn Presents

Same But Different

created and performed by Lida Winfield and Christal Brown

pre-taped show available January 30 through February 6

Same but Different is a collaboration between Christal Brown and Lida Winfield, exploring their similarities and differences in a cultural commentary on race, age, and gender. 42 years young and recently orphaned, Lida grew up in the North, Christal grew up in the South, both of them grew up inhabiting small towns. Lida is white, Christal is black. As children, Christal was considered a genius and Lida was labeled dumb. At this point in their lives, Lida and Christal have both lived the rigors of being artists, professors, educators, and survivors of life.

Same But Different was created with support from Middlebury Performing Arts Series.


  • Composers: Philippe Bronchtein and Farai Malianga
  • Director of photography: Sam Kann
  • Assistant camera: Matteo Moretti
  • Dramaturg: Michole Biancosino
  • Lighting designer: Jennifer Ponder
  • Costume design: Carol Wood

The Flynn is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPNArtist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit

Funded in part by:

The James E. Robison Foundation

The Flynn's Fund for Dance, started with a lead gift from Andrea Rogers

how to watch

The pre-taped show premieres January 30 at 7 pm and is available through February 6. Tickets can be purchased and redeemed any time within that period. After purchase, the content will be available for viewing in the digital content section of your Flynn online account.

Christal and Lida will also be teaching an accompanying online workshop for the community and educators - click here for more info and to register!

Opening night festivities

Prior to the premiere of this new performance, there will be a live champagne toast for Process Pass holders. 

Christal and Lida will hold a live post-show discussion that is open to all viewers on opening night.

Christal Brown

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Lida Winfield

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