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In the Red and
Brown Water

Directed by Gregory Wallace

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@ Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre

November 16 - December 1



Video: Watch the trailer for
In the Red and Brown Water (1:10).


About the Play

About the Playwright

Swirling in evocative prose, poetry, and myth, Oya faces the hardest decision of her life: go to college on a track scholarship or nurse her dying mother. The fallout from her choice sends her plunging into the deep waters of womanhood. Steeped in ritual and African parables, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play weaves a tale of passion and pride, humility and heartbreak. The first in the trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays” by one of America’s most provocative and engaging new playwrights.


Tarell Alvin McCraney’s plays include The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water & Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet. The Brother/Sister Trilogy was first performed at McCarter Theater in New Jersey and then at The Public Theater in New York. Subsequently the Trilogy played a long run at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and played at a trio of theaters: Marin Theatre Company, ACT, and Magic Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other plays include The Breach (Southern Rep 2007, Seattle Rep 2008),Wig Out! (Sundance Theatre Institute, Royal Court London and Vineyard Theatre New York), Without/Sin (Yale Cabaret 2005), Run Mourner, Run (Yale Cabaret 2005), A Taurian Tale (52nd Street Project 2008), Promise Not to Tell (New World School of the Arts Playwrights Festival 2007), Current Commissions: Choir Boy(Manhattan Theatre Club), Again & Again (Berkeley Rep), American Trade (Royal Shakespeare Company, London). Tarell graduated from the New World School of the Arts High School, The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and the Yale School of Drama. Tarell was honored with the 2007 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from Vineyard Theatre and a 2007 Whiting Writing Award; named the International Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2008-2010; the Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts 2009, Princeton University; the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award 2009, and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. He is a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami.


About the Director

UC San Diego Faculty Acting Professor Gregory Wallace received his B.F.A. from the Stella Adler Conservatory at New York University and his M.F.A from Yale University in 1987. His field of creative research is acting and directing for theater, with a broad range of experience from classical to diverse contemporary texts. Mr. Wallace’s profile as a professional actor and teacher is considerable. He is an Associate Artist at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T) in San Francisco and has been a company member and faculty at A.C.T. for twelve years. He has received strong critical acclaim over many years for his work as an actor. Mr. Wallace has received multiple nominations for the competitive San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award including his 2008 performance in Tis Pity She's A Whore; received the Back Stage West Garland Award for his 2001 performance in The Misanthrope; and three San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for performance in 1995 for Angels in America, in 1999 for Insurrection: Holding History and in 2010 for The Tosca Project. Mr. Wallace is also the recipient of the Fox Fellowship from 2005-2007 to study Corporeal Mime and Movement in the U.S., Paris and London. Mr. Wallace has been a leading actor in many plays including recent productions of Claybourne Park, Scapin, Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Government Inspector, working with such luminary directors as John Doyle, Carey Perloff, Israel Hicks, Bill Irwin, John Rando, Mark Wing-Davey and Laird Williamson. He has appeared on Broadway in Our Country’s Good directed by Mark Lamos, in other major New York theaters such as the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Theatre Workshop, and worked periodically at leading regional theaters such as the Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre. He has also worked in film and television in Los Angeles and has extensive experience in the performance of contemporary new plays as well as classical texts. Mr. Wallace has demonstrated a continuing commitment to diversity, especially during his time at A.C.T. He has been a primary recruiter and mentor to A.C.T.’s African American students, a consultant to the artistic director on diversity issues in season planning, and he served as a member of A.C.T.’s Diversity Council.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Oya - Chaz Hodges
Mama Moja, The Woman
Who Reminds You
- Ngozi Anyanwu
Elegba - Maurice Williams
Aunt Elegua - Tesiana Elie
Ogun Size - Gerard Joseph
Shango - Ronald Washington
O Li Roon,
The Man From State
- Scott Patteson
Shun - Jasmine St.Clair
Nia - Kourtni Gouche
The Egungun - William Hodgson
& Toby Onwumere
Director - Gregory Wallace
Scenic Designer - Christopher Scott Murillo
Costume Designer - Mary Rochon
Lighting Designer - Kristin Hayes
Sound Designer - Melanie Chen
Voice and Dialect Coach - Ursula Meyer
Asst. Scenic Designer - Lily Bartenstein
Asst. Costume Designer - Erica Oneto
Asst. Lighting Designer - Chris Lundhal
Asst. Sound Designer - Jeffrey Yang
Asst. Voice
and Dialect Coach
- Matt MacNelly
Production Stage Mgr. - Laura Zingle
Asst. Stage Manager - Kate Guthrie
Production Assistants - Stephanie Marron
Isabella Neustadt
Costumes - Brittany Kvalvik
Sheila Mariezcurrena
Lights (Board Op) - Hannah Na
Scenery (Props) - Andres Ramacho
Jordan Solorio
Sound (Board Op) - Nathaniel Bell



Sat, Nov 17, 7:00 pm PREVIEW
Mon, Nov 19, 8:00 pm OPENING
Tue, Nov 20, 8:00 pm  
Sat, Nov 24, 2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat, Nov 24, 8:00 pm  
Thu, Nov 29, 8:00 pm  
Fri, Nov 30, 8:00 pm  
Sat, Dec 01, 8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre

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Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

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