Holland, Simms, Johnson and More Set for The Brother/Sister Plays at the Public

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15 Sep 2009

Andre Holland, Heather Alicia Simms and Marc Damon Johnson will appear in the Public Theater staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays Part 1 & Part 2 this October.



As previously reported, Tina Landau will direct In The Red and Brown Water, while Robert O'Hara will stage The Brothers Size and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. The engagement is a co-presentation with New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center, where the trilogy made its world premiere last spring.

The Brother/Sister Plays will be presented in two separate evenings, with marathons scheduled for the weekends. Previews begin Oct. 21 with an official opening set for Nov. 17. The Public Theater engagement runs through Dec. 13.

The cast features Sterling K. Brown (Topdog/Underdog, Macbeth), as Shango/Shua, Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Amen Corner) as Aunt Elegua/Shun, Brian Tyree Henry (A Civil War Christmas) as Egungun/Oshoosi/Tarell, Andre Holland (Wig Out) as Elegba/Marcus, Marc Damon Johnson (The Poor Itch) as Ogun, Sean Allan Krill (Mamma Mia) as O Li Roon/Man From State, Nikiya Mathis (Eclipsed) as Shun/Shaunta Iyun, Kianné Muschett (Our Lady of 121st Street) as Oya/Osha, and Heather Alicia Simms (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) as Nia/Mama Moja/Oba.

According to the Public, "Tarell Alvin McCraney's trilogy is a collection of modern-day stories of kinship, love, heartache and coming-of-age centered around an extended family and community in the Bayou."

Designing the productions are James Schuette (scenic design), Karen Perry (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Lindsay Jones (sound design).

For tickets visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.