Drama Desk nominee Tina Landau helms the production, described as "a dizzyingly poetic tale of difficult choices, profound relationships and sweeping emotions. It tells the story of Oya, a young woman facing difficult choices regarding her athletic talent, her attendance at college, caring for her ailing mother and her desires for a military man (while married to another man). The play, with its gorgeous language woven in to a haunting portrait of young womanhood, is based on Lorca and Yoruba myth."
The cast features William Cobbs, Rodrick Covington, Chinai J. Hardy, Jon Michael Hill, Andre Holland, Daniel Thomas May, Kianne Muschett, Carra Patterson, Heather Alicia Simms and Sharisa Whatley.
The Alliance creative team includes Mimi Lien (set design), Jessica Jahn (costume design), Scott Thomas Zielinski (lighting design), Mimi Epstein (sound design) and Celise Kalke (dramaturg).
The world premiere of McCraney's The Brothers Size was staged by the Public Theater last January as part of the 2007 Under the Radar Festival. McCraney received his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Yale. He is the first recipient of the Vineyard Theatre's Paula Vogel Award, as well as the Whiting Writer's Award, and the winner of the 2007 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition.
McCraney's The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet are currently under option by London's Young Vic Theatre. He recently debuted his hurricane Katrina-inspired drama, The Breach, at New Orleans' Southern Rep in September 2007. In the Red and Brown Water will play the Alliance Theatre through Feb. 24. An opening night has been scheduled for Feb. 6 on the Hertz stage. Tickets are available by calling (404) 733-5000 or by visiting www.alliancetheatre.org.
The Alliance Theatre is located within the Woodruff Arts Center, at the corner of Peachtree Street and 15th Street, in Atlanta, GA.