In the Red and Brown Water is an exuberant black drama that tells the story of Oya, a young woman track runner in a housing project in the Louisiana bayou. The play also reveals a powerful spirituality as the characters have double identities as Yoruba Orishas, the deities that black slaves recognized walking among them to remind of their African sources. Filled with gospel and pop music, African drumming and dance, the production pulsates with black and Creole patios, humor and passion.
In the Red and Brown Water is the first play in the acclaimed trio The Brother/Sister Plays, which have been a sensation in the USA and Europe. Tarell Alvin McCraney, the young African American playwright. also has received extravagant praise: “one of the most exciting and distinctive young playwrights to have emerged in many years” (Oskar Eustis) “one of the most startling new voices to emerge in the American theatre” (Emily Mann).