On the Right Track

Sprint Your Way to Something More with In the Red and Brown Water at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Nov. 9-16

By Annamarya Scaccia

Every dream is achievable. You’re only limited by your insecurities.

For Oya, the main character in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play,In the Red and Brown Water, the fears that come along with following one’s aspirations doesn’t stop her from running free. Set in a Louisiana bayou housing project, the teenage sprinter wants more than the life that was given to her. She wants way out.

The play, which is the first work in the award-winning playwright’s The Brother/Sister Playstrilogy, pulls from Yoruba mythology, folk tales and contemporary poets & playwrights to weave an inventive and strong tale that “elevates Oya’s ordinary life — and the lives of those around her — into a semi-mythic story of universally shared human experience.”

And this experience can be felt from November 9-16 when In the Red and Brown Water takes the stage at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Stadium Drive & Route 193 in College Park. Presented by the School of Theater Dance and Performance Studies, the play, which is co-directed by Alvin Mayes and Scot Reese, will have its first performance on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

A Talk Back session with the artists is scheduled after the Nov. 13 performance. There is also a post-performance discussion planned with guest panelists Patricia Hill Collins, Walter Dallas, and Jeffrey McCune on Nov. 14.

In the Red and Brown Water won the 2007 Kendeda Award at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, had its European premiere in October 2008 in London, and was part of the Public Theater’s New Works Now Festival 2006.

For more information, visit http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/events/2012/red-and-brown-water#quicktabs-event_tabs=0.

In the Red and Brown Water

November 9-November 16

Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$25

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Stadium Drive & Route 193

College Park, MD 20742


Photo: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center website
Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, October 29, 2012
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