Synopsis

A breakthrough theatrical event: three interconnected plays in two programs by a brilliant new American voice. Grand in scope, yet intimate and heartfelt, McCraney’s delightful stories will leave you touched and inspired.

Steppenwolf will present The Brother/Sister Plays in repertory, with In the Red and Brown Water on one evening, in rotation with the two shorter plays on another. The plays can be experienced in any order, although chronologically In Red and Brown Water comes first, The Brothers Size second and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet third. The three plays don’t line up in a neat linear way: they reflect on each other, echo, contradict, remind. They're less in a perfect chronology than they are "in conversation" with each other.

Watch & Listen

  1. Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ “After Party”

    Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ “After Party”

  2. The Brother/Sister Plays - 2nd Story Marathon Event

    The Brother/Sister Plays - 2nd Story Marathon Event

  3. The Brother/Sister Plays on Working with Tina & Tarell

    The Brother/Sister Plays on Working with Tina & Tarell

  4. EXPLORE: The World of The Brother/Sister Plays

    EXPLORE: The World of The Brother/Sister Plays

  5. Playwright Tarell McCraney on Chicago

    Playwright Tarell McCraney on Chicago

  6. A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 1

    A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 1

  7. A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 2

    A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 2

  8. A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 3

    A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 3

  9. A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 4

    A Select Scene from The Brother/Sister Plays: Scene 4

  10. Playwright Tarell McCraney on The Old and The New

    Playwright Tarell McCraney on The Old and The New

  11. #037: Ensemble Member Alana Arenas on The Brother/Sister Plays

    #037: Ensemble Member Alana Arenas on The Brother/Sister Plays

  12. The Brother/Sister Plays on Storytelling

    The Brother/Sister Plays on Storytelling

  13. Behind the Scenes at The Brother/Sister Plays B-Roll Shoot

    Behind the Scenes at The Brother/Sister Plays B-Roll Shoot

  14. Playwright Tarell McCraney on Ensemble Work

    Playwright Tarell McCraney on Ensemble Work

  15. Playwright Tarell McCraney on His Trilogy

    Playwright Tarell McCraney on His Trilogy

  16. #035: Director Tina Landau on The Brother/Sister Plays

    #035: Director Tina Landau on The Brother/Sister Plays

  17. Getting to Know Playwright Tarell McCraney

    Getting to Know Playwright Tarell McCraney

  18. The Brother/Sister Plays in Rehearsal

    The Brother/Sister Plays in Rehearsal

  19. #034: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney on The Brother/Sister Plays

    #034: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney on The Brother/Sister Plays

  20. #017: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2009-2010 Season

    #017: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2009-2010 Season

Cast & Artists

The Artists

The Cast

  • Phillip James Brannon
  • Rodrick Covington
  • Kiplan Dooley
  • Jeff Parker
  • Tamberla Perry
  • Jacqueline Williams

Featured Ensemble Members

Reviews

“A landmark event!” - Time Out Chicago

“Glorious on all counts!” - Chicago Sun-Times

“Marvelous! Incredibly accomplished!” - Chicago Reader

“Hilarious, tragic, complex!” - New City

“Deeply satisfying” - Daily Herald

“Incredibly funny!” - Flavorpill

“Raw emotion and real comedy” - Chicagoist

Program Articles

Letter From Director

Letter from Director Tina Landau

Collaboration and Connection

Director Tina Landau and Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney discuss The Brother/Sister Plays with Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey.

All in the Family

Ensemble members Alana Arenas, K. Todd Freeman and Ora Jones reflect on The Brother/Sister Plays with Director of Artistic Development Polly Carl.

All in the Family

Ensemble members Alana Arenas, K. Todd Freeman and Ora Jones reflect on The Brother/Sister Plays with Director of Artistic Development Polly Carl.

Collaboration and Connection

Director Tina Landau and Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney discuss The Brother/Sister Plays with Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey.

Letter From Director

Letter from Director Tina Landau

Running Time

Content Advisory

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