Texas Performing Arts

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS: In the Red and Brown Water

In the Red and Brown Water By Tarell Alvin McCraney | Directed by Charles O. Anderson and Robert Ramirez

“A work of rare lyricism.” — The New York Times

How far will Oya go to make a mark in the world? A young runner with boundless possibilities, Oya is forced to choose between her ailing mother and her own dreams. This intoxicating movement-infused theatre work charts a young girl’s thrust into womanhood and her subsequent fall into the murky waters of life.

Premiered in 2008 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, In the Red and Brown Water is one of three plays in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays. “I lived in the other America, the America that doesn’t always get depicted in the cinema. The America that we are told to pretend isn’t there, ” shares playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. “And in an attempt to create theater that told untold stories, that gave voice to another half of America, I created The Brother/Sister Plays.”

View the program for In the Red and Brown Water.

In the Red and Brown Water contains mature themes and adult language, and is recommended for guests 17 and older.

The running time is approximately two hours and includes one intermission.

PERFORMANCES Preview Performance*: October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Opening Performance: October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Additional Performances: October 7-8, 11-14 at 7:30 p.m. and October 8-9, 16 at 2:00 p.m.

*Tickets for preview performances may only be purchased in person at Texas Performing Arts or the F. Loren Winship Drama Building Box Offices. Preview performance tickets are $10 for adults and University of Texas at Austin faculty/staff and $5 for students. Students must present a valid I.D. at the time of purchase.


*October 12, following the 7:30 p.m. Performance in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre Post-Performance Conversation and Q & A, Led by Dr. Lisa B. Thompson with the In the Red and Brown Water Cast and Directors*

Described as “one of the most startling new voices to emerge in the American theatre” (Emily Mann, Artistic Director, McCarter Theatre), Tarell Alvin McCraney has been heralded by critics and theatre makers since graduating from the Yale School of Drama. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whiting Award, Steinberg Playwright Award and the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Weaving together mythology, poetry and realism, McCraney crafts stories about complex relationships and experiences of the everyday. Join us in a conversation about McCraney’s storytelling and its impact on the future of American theatre.

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