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African American LGBT Themed Play opens at NYC’s Famed Public Theater

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The Brother/Sister Plays, a three-part play addressing sexuality, love, and struggle, is running from now until December 13th at the New York City’s Public Theatre (425 Lafayette St.). The New York Times refers to the playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney,

as “a master of language and dramatic construction.”

The first part, “In the Red and Brown Water,” tells the story of Oya, a promising young runner who must choose between achieving her goals as an athlete and taking care of her terminally ill mother.

“Marcus” is a touching story of a young African American man’s struggle with his sexual orientation in a poverty-stricken Louisiana town. Although Marcus initially has difficulty accepting that he is gay, he learns to love and appreciate himself. The story of he and his friendships with the other gay men in his life is handled with poignancy and undeniable humor.

The Brother/Sister Plays

The Brother/Sister Plays

“The Brothers Size,” which won McCraney The New York Times Outstanding Playwright award, follows Oshoozi Size, a man recently released from prison who is trying to forget his life behind bars and the memory of his romantic relationship with his former cellmate, Elegba.

McCraney is not new to addressing pertinent LGBT issues through the lens of theater. Although only 29, he won the 2009 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway. His plays often pull from his experiences as a gay African-American raised in the Louisiana projects. He originally had dreams of becoming a dancer and his critically acclaimed play, Wig Out! centered on the relationships between the men in rival NYC drag ball houses (made legendary by their dance competitions). “Two black men loving one another is a revolutionary act. I wanted to put it on stage – these men, in all forms of color, trying to figure out how to love themselves and each other,” he told TimesOnline in a recent interview.

The Brother/Sister Plays shares the richness and complexity of the African-American gay experience with McCraney’s characteristic brilliance and grace.

Tickets for The Brother/Sister Plays are available on the Public Theatre’s website.

(Entertainment Media Intern, Lauren Mattia, contributed to this blog)