The Brother/Sister Plays

Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian and Summer L. Williams
Dramaturgy by Philip Berman and Corianna Moffatt
October 28 – December 3, 2011
The Plaza Theatre @ The Boston Center for the Arts

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays are dangerous, modern-day stories of kinship, love, heartache and coming-of-age. McCraney speaks with authenticity about a world that is gritty and lyrical, urban and mythic. One of the most startling new American theatrical voices of the 21st century, McCraney is thrilling audiences internationally by pushing the boundaries of language, form, and sexuality in provocative and poetic ways.

THE TRILOGY WILL BE PRESENTED IN TWO PARTS

Produced on alternating nights, you can experience
Part 1: IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER one night, and
Part 2: THE BROTHERS SIZE and MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET the other!

IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER
Oya can run faster than anyone, but not fast enough to escape her fate. When pressed to choose between her dying mother and her dreams of escape, she makes a life-changing decision. Her journey from the promise of youth to the complicated yearnings of womanhood is a joyous, raucous, brazenly theatrical experience.

THE BROTHERS SIZE
Am I my brother's keeper? After a homecoming in the bayous of Louisiana, the Size brothers, Ogun and Oshoosi, try to start fresh. This haunting, funny, and heartbreaking tour de force probes sexuality, coming of age, and the bonds of family as the brothers struggle to discover identity and to unearth a new sense of freedom.

MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET
Sixteen year-old Marcus is having some startlingly “sweet” dreams that feel more like a bad omen. As the Louisiana air thickens, Marcus begins asking questions about the father he never met, and getting closer to a secret they both share. MARCUS, with its warmth, myth, humor, and Louisiana patois, is a magical coming-of-age story about the storms of sexuality and identity.

Should not be missed!
- The Boston Globe
Spellbinding from the start!
- Bay State Banner
POWERFUL...will linger in your mind long after you leave the theater!
- EdgeBoston
Award-worthy performances!
- The Boston Metro

Awards

IRNE Award Winner - Best Supporting Actor (Drama)

IRNE Award Winner - Winner Best Play (Midsize)

Elliot Norton Award Winner - Outstanding Actor, Small/Fringe Theater


BOSTON CENTER
FOR THE ARTS

Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

Get Directions

Web:
www.BostonTheatreScene.com

Box Office:
Phone: 617.933.8600

Walk-up:
Calderwood Pavilion at the
Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont St.
OR
Boston University Theatre
Box Office
264 Huntington Ave.


Cast




PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCTION STAFF

  • Tarell Alvin McCraney
    Playwright
  • Megan Sandberg-Zakian
    Director
  • Summer L. Williams
    Director
  • Erin Basile
    Production Stage Manager
  • Madeleine Laupheimer
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Marjorie Scarff
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Erik Diaz
    Set Designer
  • Aaron Mack
    Sound Designer
  • Sarah Nelson
    Costume Designer
  • David Roy
    Lighting Designer
  • Alexandra Herryman
    Props Designer
  • Clarice Laverne-Thompson
    Vocal Coach
  • Phil Berman
    Dramaturg
  • Michael Best
    Assistant Technical Director
  • Corianna Moffatt
    Dramaturg
  • Liz Hayes
    Dialect Coach
  • Mark Abby VanDerzee
    Technical Director
  • Alyssa McKeon
    Production Manager
  • Joey Thomas
    Artistic Associate
  • Saul Slezas
    Master Electrician
  • Karthik Subramanian
    Assistant Production Manager

  • Miranda Craigwell

  • Michelle Dowd

  • Hampton Fluker

  • Jerry Goodwin

  • Chris Leon

  • Johnnie McQuarley

  • James Milord

  • Natalia Naman

  • Juanita Rodrigues

  • Tarell Alvin McCraney
    Tarell Alvin McCraney's plays include Wig Out! (Sundance Theatre Lab, Vineyard Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre) and The Brother/Sister Plays: In the Red and Brown Water (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition; premiered at the Alliance Theatre), The Brothers Size (premiered at The Public Theater in association with the Foundry Theatre and in London at the Young Vic), and Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet (premiered in a coproduction by McCarter Theatre Center and The Public Theater). Other productions of The Brother/Sister Plays include those by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and The Studio Theatre, among others. McCraney's plays also include Without/Sin; Run, Mourner, Run; and The Breach, written with Catherine Filloux and Joe Sutton (commissioned and premiered by Southern Repertory Theater in New Orleans).

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Reviews

November 16, 2011
Company One owns The Brother/Sister Plays by Carolyn Clay, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Phoenix

November 15, 2011

November 14, 2011

November 3, 2011
Company One's 'Red and Brown Water' A Hit by Susan Saccoccia, The Bay State Banner

November 1, 2011
“IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER” AT COMPANY ONE by Jason Rabin, Blast Magazine

November 1, 2011
A Woman Racing to Catch Her Dreams by Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

October 31, 2011

October 28, 2011
Seeking Structure From Chaos by Christopher Wallenberg, The Boston Globe