THE BROTHERS SIZE
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Derek Goldman
WHEN: March 14 - April 15, 2012
WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
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(This play contains adult themes and language)
Playing fast and loose with West African myths, The Brothers Size brings contemporary rhythms of soul, hip-hop, and R&B together with traditions of ceremonial presentation to tell the modern-day story of the Size brothers – Ogun, an auto mechanic, and Oshoosi, a recent parolee, as they walk the line between law and liberty. This fresh new drama asks its audience to be at once the community, the witness, and the judge. At its heart, The Brothers Size is an uplifting and joyous celebration of life.
The Brothers Size is a hot-blooded and music-filled drama by Tarell Alvin McCraney, one of the youngest and freshest voices in American theatre.
Powell Lawrence Elegba
Chinaza Uche Oshoosi
Yaegel T. Welch Ogun
Tarell Alvin McCraney was born on October 17, 1980. He spent his childhood in the housing projects of Miami. McCraney's refuge from the harsh realities of life was theatre. As a teenager, he joined an improv troupe in the projects. Theatre would continue to inspire him as he made his way through the New World School of the Arts and DePaul University. He graduated with a BFA in 2003, the same year his mother died of complications from AIDS.
In 2007, McCraney graduated from Yale School of Drama. Since graduating, he has been consistently in residence, winning awards, and having his plays produced internationally. Currently, McCraney is the International Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
"There is no other play quite like The Brothers Size," says Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi. "It's a new voice, a new style, a new form of storytelling that is capitivating and full of humanity. Tarell was only 26 when he penned this great play. I can only imagine what is yet to come out of this gifted playwright."