The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Southern California premiere of The Brothers Size by award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Tea Alagi?, The Brothers Size will run Jan. 26 - Feb. 24, 2013 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run Jan. 26 - Jan. 30. Opening night is Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
Infused with the music and rhythms of the South, The Brothers Size blends West African mythology with a modern-day story of the Louisiana bayou. After his release from prison, Oshoosi Size seeks out his brother, Ogun, who is an upright and law-abiding car mechanic. When their family is threatened by the reappearance of Elegba, a figure from Oshoosi's past, they must learn what it truly means to be brothers. The Brothers Size is part of McCraney's acclaimed trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays, which also includes In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet and which garnered McCraney London's Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
"The love that binds Ogun and Oshoosi Size is primal, the stuff of myth and fable," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "Tarell Alvin McCraney is a writer brave and bold enough to take on such big material and such eternal themes. The Brothers Size establishes Tarell as one of the most original and unique talents working today. His exciting play, in the wonderful Tea Alagi?'s production, will give San Diego audiences a chance to hear a voice that's sure to shape the future of the American theater."
The cast of The Brothers Size features Antwayn Hopper (Elegba), Okieriete Onaodowan (Oshoosi Size) and Gilbert Owuor (Ogun Henri Size).
The creative team includes Peter Ksander (Scenic Design), Michelle Hunt Souza (Costume Design), Gina Scherr (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Jonathan Melville Pratt (Original Music, Percussionist), Jan Gist (Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).
The Brothers Size is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Microsoft and National Corporate Theatre Fund.
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. They have been performed at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, The Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and at a trio of theaters in the Bay Area (Marin Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater and Magic Theatre), as well as the Young Vic in London (Olivier Award nomination) and around the world. His other plays include The Breach (Southern Rep, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Wig Out! (Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Royal Court Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway) and American Trade (Royal Shakespeare Company and Hampstead Theatre). Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he is an ensemble member, will produce the world premiere of his commissioned play Head of Passes in April 2013. His play Choir Boy, commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club, will be produced there in June 2013 and previously played to sold-out crowds at The Royal Court Theatre in London this past fall. McCraney was the Royal Shakespeare Company's International Playwright in Residence from 2008 to 2010 where he co-edited and directed the Young People's Shakespeare production of Hamlet, which toured throughout the U.K. and was presented at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. He is the recipient of the prestigious Whiting Writers' Award and Steinberg Playwright Award as well as London's Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award and the inaugural Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting. He is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts High School, The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and Yale School of Drama. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami.