THE BROTHERS SIZE
August 8 - 25
Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays at 8p; Sundays at 3p
written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Martine Green-Rogers
"The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more." —Chicago Tribune
"With his original and singular voice, McCraney crafts an intense story about the unbreakable bond between brothers, a bond that is equal parts love and despair."
"McCraney explores [the dramatic dilemmas] with rare urgency and emotional complexity, and a creative expansiveness that pushes The Brothers Size beyond the ordinary." —Seattle Times
In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size is hardworking and steady. Younger brother Oshoosi is just out of prison and aimless. Elegba, Oshoosi's old prison-mate, is a mysterious complication. A simple circle defines a world that begins in ritual and evolves into a tough and tender drama of what it means to brother and be brothered. Flights of poetry, music, dance and West African mythology combine in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong.
Tarell Alvin McCraney is the author of the acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, which have been performed at The Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, the Young Vic in London (Olivier Award nomination), and around the world. Tarell is also the co-author of the 2016 film Moonlight, based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His other plays include Choir Boy (Royal Court, Manhattan Theatre Club), Head of Passes (Steppenwolf), The Breach (Southern Rep, Seattle Rep), Wig Out! (Sundance Theatre Institute, Royal Court, and Vineyard Theatre - GLAAD Award for Outstanding Play), and American Trade (Royal Shakespeare Company/Hampstead Theatre). He is a recipient of a 2007 Whiting Award in Drama, a 2013 MacArthur fellowship, the Steinberg Playwright Award, London's Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and the inaugural Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. Tarell is a graduate from the New World School of the Arts High School, the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and the Yale School of Drama. He is a Steppenwolf ensemble member, a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami, and the chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.