In the Red and Brown Water

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Margo Hall

October 13–16, 2022
Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA

A spirited, young runner with a promising future, Oya is faced with an impossible choice: stay home to care for her ailing mother or follow her dreams of becoming a track star. Caught between expectations and desires, loyalty and passion, Oya must learn to navigate the turbulent waters of adulthood in southern Louisiana. 

Acclaimed writer Tarell Alvin McCraney (Oscar winner for Moonlight) weaves together lyrical dialogue, evocative music, and Yoruba mythology from Africa and the Caribbean in this powerful coming-of-age story.

Digital Program (PDF)

Critical Acclaim

“[McCraney] writes with almost unnerving confidence. He shifts easily between thrilling music sequences and the kind of vibrant, hilarious, pointed dialogue few playwrights can manage.” —SF Weekly

“[In the Red and Brown Water] is flowing with full-bodied song, rich humor and compassionate breadth.” —SF Chronicle

“This is a universal story of triumph, defeat, loss, love, abandonment, compromise, jealousy, infidelity, betrayal… ” —New York Times

Sound Design / Music Composition: Ray Archie of BSL

October 13, 2022

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