To brothers, to spirits, to promise

about this show

From Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney's acclaimed The Brother/Sister Plays, The Brothers Size returns to our stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago 2010 premiere.

Ogun Size is hardworking and heartbroken. Oshoosi Size is recently returned home from prison and trying to be anywhere but. In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

Tarell Alvin McCraney is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. His script In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue is the basis for the Oscar-winning film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, for which McCraney and Jenkins won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In addition to The Brothers Size's ten public performances, Steppenwolf for Young Adults is thrilled to bring this acclaimed work to the stage for young adults across Chicago.

Help us spread the word about The Brothers Size! Use #brosizeSYA on social media to join the conversation.

FROM PLAYWRIGHT TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY

"The prison industrial complex as we know it...destroys families—and changes lives forever."

tHE BROTHERS SIZE STUDY GUIDE

Every student who comes to a performance of The Brothers Size recieves a study guide from Steppenwolf Education. Check it out HERE!

Watch & Listen

Running Time

80 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

The Brothers Size contains profanity and continuous use of the “n” word.

Stage Effects Advisory

The Brothers Size makes use of theatrical fog. 

Special Offer:

Snag 2-for-1 tickets to performances October 4 – 6 only with code FIRSTWEEKEND. Book today!

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

"An absorbing and emotionally resonant drama" – The New York Times

"The writing has freshness, clarity and vitality" – Variety

"The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more" – Chicago Tribune

Press

"Reknowned director examines the complexity of brotherhood in 'The Brothers Size'" - Rolling Out

 

Running Time

80 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

The Brothers Size contains profanity and continuous use of the “n” word.

Stage Effects Advisory

The Brothers Size makes use of theatrical fog. 

Special Offer:

Snag 2-for-1 tickets to performances October 4 – 6 only with code FIRSTWEEKEND. Book today!

School Performances

School performance tickets are available by visiting our Steppenwolf for Young Adults page. Performances Tuesday – Friday at 10am are reserved for school groups only.

RSF Performance

Saturday, October 19
1pm lobby + 3pm curtain

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Special Performances

ASL interpretation and open-captioned (student):
tbd

ASL interpretation and open-captioned (public):
Friday, October 11 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Saturday, October 19 at 3pm

Sponsors

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