Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Next at Luna Stage 'The Brothers Size' by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Luna Stage to present The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, hailed by The Chicago Tribune as "The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more."

The Brothers Size opens to previews on Thursday, February 4th, and runs Thursdays through Sundays until March 6th. Opening night is Friday, February 12th.
Performances on February 7th and 18th will be followed by a Talkback. Tickets range from $27-$37 dollars.  Group sales available. $10 Student Rush tickets available one half-hour before curtain. Individual tickets can be purchased at lunastage.org, or at the box office Tues.-Fri. 10:30am-3pmm (973-395-5551).

The best known of his acclaimed trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays, Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size originally premiered in 2007, but this story of three young black men could not be more timely or relevant.  Younger brother Oshoosi Size has just been released from prison and is trying to figure out a life for himself on the outside. Law-abiding older brother Ogun Size is trying to figure out how to “brother” this brother of his, now that Oshoosi is back in his life and seemingly his responsibility again. But when their family is threatened by the reappearance of a figure from Oshoosi's past, they must learn what it truly means to be brothers.

McCraney’s beautiful play explores with breathtaking honesty and heartbreaking poetry the power of brotherly love in the face of a continuum of broken systems and shattered promises.
The Luna Stage production features Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid, Brandon Carter, and Clinton Lowe, each actor making his Luna debut. The production is directed by Christopher Burris.
Tarell Alvin McCraney
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 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), andAmerican 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.
Christopher Burris
Christopher Burris is a director residing in Brooklyn. He is a constant fixture on the New York theater scene, primarily collaborating on new works. He directed the world premiere of GEESE by Samuel D. Hunter at Theatre Row, and again for The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. He was a director for the inaugural year of the Obie winning 48 Hours in Harlem (POTATO SALAD by Keith Josef Adkins), as well as the first four years of The Fire This Time Festival, culminating in their premiere full length production, LORDS RESISTANCE by Camille Darby. Christopher has directed readings and workshops for The New Group, Labyrinth, Ensemble Studio Theatre Lab, National Black Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Epic Theatre Ensemble, The New Black Fest, Liberation Theater Company, Hudson Valley Writers Center, The Cell, and Manhattan Theatre Source. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of WHEN WE WAKE UP DEAD by Dennis A. Allen II at Brooklyn College.

WINNER: 2014 Ken Davenport Short Play Contest (BRUSH STROKES by Nathan Yungerburg) and 2010 Samuel French OOB Festival (THE MUD IS THICKER IN MISSISSIPPI by Dennis A. Allen II). FINALIST: 2013 Samuel French OOB Festival (RED BLOOD OF WAR) by Celeste Bedford Walker). Christopher has taught for various organizations including UC-San Diego and New York Film Academy, and is currently an adjunct professor at Pace University. He is a 2014 Lincoln Center Directors Lab member, and 2015-16 SDCF Observership Class. Twitter: @misterburris
Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid
Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid (Oshoosi) Theater credits: Mourning Sun (Theatre167), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream (STNJ), Alonedom, Tuck-It-Away and Other Stories, Blue Room, Two Gentleman of Verona, Cyrano de Bergerac and You Can't Take It with You (Rutgers Theater Company), Two Gentleman of Verona (Rutgers at Shakespeare's Globe in London). BFA, Rutgers University.
Brandon Carter
Brandon Carter (Ogun). Hails from Heathsville, Virginia. Luna Stage Debut. Off-Broadway: Skeeter in "The First Noel" (The Apollo Theater, Winter 2015); Justin in "Blood at the Root" (National Black Theatre, Spring 2016); Gonzalo in "The Tempest" (The Classical Theatre of Harlem); Theodore in "Black Angels Over Tuskegee" (St. Luke's Theatre); Macduff in "Drunk Shakespeare"(Roy Arias Studios). Regional: Berowne in "Love's Labour's Lost" (Center Stage); Danny in "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" (Firehouse Theatre); Octavian Caesar in "Antony & Cleopatra" & Curio in "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" (Richmond Shakespeare Festival); Othello in "Othello" (Longwood University). MFA, Penn State School of Theatre. mrbrandoncarter.com
Clinton Lowe
Originally from The Bronx, NYC, Clinton Lowe (Elegba) was a series regular on The Hustle (Fuse TV's NCAAP Image Award winning comedy), has recently worked with Jessie Eisenberg, Richard Gere, & Omari Hardwick, on their latest movies respectively, & just finished an exciting workshop called False Brotherhood at The National Black Theatre of Harlem, produced by Woody King Jr. of New Federal Theatre; also has guest appearances on Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Louie, Rescue Me, featured in American Gangster (opposite Russell Crowe), in numerous commercials, etc. His stage work includes the likes of Shakespeare, Chekhov, & Hansberry, but he also loves to develop new work such as Holler If Ya' Hear Me (a Broadway Musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur), Homage 3: Illmatic (a play paying tribute to Nas' 1994 classic debut album), & Broken Fences (a dramedy shining light on gentrification throughout a tough Chicago neighborhood). He is also the proud co-founder of Artists 4 Change NYC, a volunteer group that promotes community activism throughout New York City and beyond. You can friend Clinton on Facebook, or follow him Instgram & Twitter @clinton_lowe. He's very excited to be making his LUNA STAGE debut!

Luna Stage is a small but mighty professional theatre company located in Essex County, NJ, just under 15 miles from New York City.  Throughout the past 23 years, the company has earned a national reputation for developing and producing outstanding new plays and timely revivals and for taking on challenging and provocative subject matters in their work. 
A proud member of Valley Arts, Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. The theatre is handicapped accessible and offers assistive listening devices.

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