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The Brother/Sister Plays
has been selected as an NEA Outstanding New American Play as part of the NEA New Play Development Program, hosted by Arena Stage.
This breakthrough trilogy of new plays by one of the most celebrated young writers in the American theater, Tarell Alvin McCraney, will be presented in two parts. 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. Be among the first to hear the words of one of the most startling new American theatrical voices of the 21st century, who is thrilling audiences internationally by pushing the boundaries of language, form, and sexuality in provocative and poetic ways.
Tarell Alvin McCraney is a 28-year old playwright whose exquisite and groundbreaking work has put his career on an extraordinary trajectory. Already, productions of his plays have been mounted in Princeton, New York, London, DC, Atlanta, Seattle, Dublin, Barcelona and New Orleans. A Princeton University Hodder Fellow, McCraney has been honored with the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Whiting Writing Award, and has recently been named the International Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Brother/Sister Plays will travel from McCarter to New York for an off-Broadway run as a co-production with The Public Theater.
Audience Note: Presented in two separate programs, these plays can easily be enjoyed independently and in any order, but have a special resonance when experienced together. These productions contain mature themes and adult language.
In the Red and Brown Water
How far will Oya go to make a mark in the world? Fast, beautiful Oya is a young runner with enormous promise, forced to choose between her ailing mother and her own dreams. This intoxicating story charts a young girl’s thrust into womanhood and her subsequent fall into the murky waters of life.
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Co-produced with The Public Theater in New York.
The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Development of The Brother/Sister Plays sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.