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
Cast & Artists
- Author:ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney
- Directed by: ensemble member Tina Landau
- Scenic Design: James Schuette
- Costume Design: James Schuette
- Lighting Design: Scott Zielinski
- Sound Design: Michael Bodeen
- Sound Design: Rob Milburn
- Stage Manager: Deb Styer
- Assistant Stage Manager: Rose Marie Packer
- Musical Supervisor: Zane Mark
“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
Ensemble members Alana Arenas, K. Todd Freeman and Ora Jones reflect on The Brother/Sister Plays with Director of Artistic Development Polly Carl.
Director Tina Landau and Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney discuss The Brother/Sister Plays with Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey.
Letter from Director Tina Landau