Season Prep: The Brother/Sister Plays

Season Prep: The Brother/Sister Plays

Aug 20 2013

For our second Welcome Week post, we look at The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney. A Miami native, McCraney received an undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago and an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where he studied under the late August Wilson. Only 32 years old, McCraney has become one of the exciting new voices in American drama. His works have been performed at the McCarter Theater (Princeton, NJ), Public Theater (NY), American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), and the Royal Shakespeare Company (London). In 2010 he became a ensemble member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. His most recent work, Choir Boy, made its American premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club, last month. features-large_Tarell-Alvin-McCraney Temple is excited to present the complete trilogy of McCraney's seminal work, The Brother/Sister Plays. Both mythic and grounded, the interconnected stories explored the complexities of the contemporary African-American experience. Chris Jones, of the Chicago Tribune, writes,

McCraney's lush and gorgeous triptych — surely the greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more — smolders. And similarly poetic, arresting, startling lines pop and bubble like the waters of the bayou around which McCraney sets his remarkable plays about the ordinary people of Louisiana — loving, dying, escaping, trying, failing, caring. (Chicago Tribune, 2010)

What are The Brother/Sister Plays About?  via American Conservatory Theater San Francisco.Ben Brantley of the New York Times writes,

Watching them, you experience the excited wonder that comes from witnessing something rare in the theater: a new, authentically original vision. It’s what people must have felt during productions of the early works of Eugene O’Neill in the 1920s or of Sam Shepard in the 1960s. In recent years only Richard Maxwell, that deadpan chronicler of dead-end lives, has made me feel that way. And Mr. McCraney has a more expansive accessibility than Mr. Maxwell and a delighted sense of showmanship that seem destined to win him more than a cult audience. (New York Times, 2009)

Learn more about the plays and the playwright:

The Brother/Sister Plays at McCarter Theater

The Brother/Sister Plays: West Coast Premiere

"God at Work: The Divine Genius of Steppenwolf Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney" Newcity Stage, 2013.

 

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