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The Brothers Size

14 Jun 2012 - 01 Jul 2012

Venue: Barney Simon
Duration: 90 minutes no interval
Age Restriction: 13

The Market Theatre in association with the Baxter Theatre and Mannie Manim Productions presents the Syracuse Stage production of
By Tarell Alvin McCraney

(Syracuse, NY)—Tarell Alvin McCraney is an exciting new voice in American Theatre and his award-winning The Brothers Size proves why. In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size is hardworking and steady. Younger brother Oshoosi is just out of prison and aimless. Elegba, Oshoosi’s old prison mate, is a mysterious complication. A simple circle defines a world that begins in ritual and evolves into a tough and tender drama of what it means to brother and be brothered. Flights of poetry, music, dance and West African mythology combine in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

To emphasize the universal aspect of his contemporary story, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney infuses elements that reflect the Yoruba culture of West Africa. A drumbeat initiates action and helps propel the story forward, physical movement accents and explores emotional connections, and the three characters are named after orishas, or Yoruba divinities.

Ogun Size, played by Joshua Elijah Reese, is the older brother Size named after the spirit of iron and labor. Oshoosi Size, played by Rodrick Covington, is the younger brother Size named after the spirit of the forest and a wanderer. Elegba, played by Sam Encarnación, is a friend of the brothers named after the spirit of chaos and the god of the crossroads, a go-between between this world and the world beyond.

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Please note that this play is not for children under 14. It contains strong language and adult content.


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