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The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney

3 October 2017

From the writer that brought us the Academy Award-Winning movie MOONLIGHT…

“A timely and potent piece of theatrical magic”

– Austin American-Statesman

“DAMN, can these three actors tell a story”

– Austin Chronicle


THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarell Alvin McCraneyCapital T presents

The Brothers Size

by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by Jason Phelps

October 26-November 18

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre    511 W 43rd St

The Louisiana bayou. Two Brothers. The younger brother comes home from prison and hopes to resume his happily aimless life, but his older brother, a hard-working mechanic, cannot let his younger brother forget his mistakes.

Using vivid language and epic vision The Brothers Size is a rich and beautiful exploration of the bonds of love between brothers and friends.  In a broader context, McCraney dramatizes the ties that bind all of us together and the urges of the human heart that can rip everything apart. Does the love of family hold you back or can it help you escape fate?

Jason Phelps directs Delanté Keys, Sean Christopher, and John Christopher in what the Chicago Tribune calls “The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more.”.

Running Time: 90 Minutes with no intermission

The Brothers Size receives our highest recommendation for thoughtful people over the age of twelve. The play is part of a heartfelt conversation about race, not just in America, but in the entire world.  The Austin theatre community should seek it out, as the play and the trilogy of which it is a part bode fair to become landmarks in 21st century American theatre.

– Central Texas Live Theatre

“John Christopher’s Ogun is the soul of the production; his performance so full of pain and fire, so committed and commanding that it’s hard to take your eyes off him, even when he’s not speaking.”

-Austin Chronicle

“a resonant, challenging piece of ritualistic theatre peppered with song and dance, more than worthy of reflection.” 

– Austin Chronicle

“This script places extraordinary demands on a speaking cast, but director Jason Phelps and these actors are well up to the task.”

– Central Texas Live Theatre

“Sean Christopher brings excellent singing and speaking voices to the character of Oshoosi.  Behind these obvious acting talents are quicksilver emotional changes that play across his face and body, sometimes not so obviously, but all of them seeming to telegraph the anguish and thwarted desires of one lost in a hostile bayou world. 

– Central Texas Live Theatre 

  “The chemistry that the two men have as brothers is palpable, and the scenes they share together crackle with electricity as they move from anger to joy to sorrow. ” 

-Austin American-Statesman


Delanté Keys
Sean Christopher
John Christopher

Tarell Alvin McCraney – Playwright

Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for his part in co-writing the Academy Award-Winning movie MOONLIGHT which won both Best Screenplay and Best Picture in 2017.   His acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet have been performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, The Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, at a trio of theaters in the Bay Area: Marin Theatre Company, ACT, and Magic Theatre, as well as the Young Vic in London (Olivier Award nomination) and around the world. Other plays include 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). Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he is an ensemble member, will produce the world premiere of his commissioned play, Head of Passes in the spring of 2013.

Tarell was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s International Playwright in Residence in 2009-2011, where he co-edited and directed the Young People’s Shakespeare production of Hamletwhich toured throughout the UK and was presented at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. He is the recipient of the prestigious Whiting 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 Playwriting Award.
He 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 resident playwright at New Dramatists and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami.  He currently serves as chair of the playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.