Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is a miraculous and unlikely talent. He grew up in Miami housing projects, the son of a crack-addicted mother, found theater through a youth program, made his way to Yale Drama School and served as writer-in-residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. He is currently working on a radical overhaul of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, which he’s relocated to eighteenth-century Haiti, just before the uprising against the French; this production is part of a collaboration between the RSC, New York’s Public Theatre and Miami’s GableStage.
Anyone could have predicted that the first Denver company to show McCraney’s work would be Curious Theatre, which is opening one of his earliest plays, The Brothers Size, this weekend and has cast it with three of the best actors in town: Damion Hoover, Cajardo Lindsey and Laurence Curry.
The play tells the story of two brothers — Ogun, who is working as a mechanic, and Oshoosi, just released from prison. There’s also a third and disruptive character, Elegba, Oshoosi’s friend from prison. All three are simultaneously realistic human beings and mythic figures. McCraney has been widely quoted as saying the play was “inspired by Yoruba life and traditions, steeped in Southern rhythms and cadences and seamed shut with the fire of urban music and dance.”
The Brothers Size opens tonight at 8 p.m. and continues through April 13 at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma Street; for tickets, visit www.curioustheatre.org or call 303-623-0524.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 9. Continues through April 13, 2013