Virtual presentation of “In the Red and Brown Water” by NWSA alumnus and Academy Award-winning playwright, Tarell A. McCraney

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New World School of the Arts presents the award-winning play In the Red and Brown Water, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA 1999 alumnus) who won an Academy Award for the 2016 film Moonlight. Directed by NWSA theater faculty member James Randolph the play will be presented online as a one-time virtual Premiere, performed by eleven juniors and seniors enrolled in the NWSA college theater program.

This play is highly theatrical,” said director Randolph. “It is poetic in nature and celebrates the Yoruba tradition. The challenge will be to deliver the play in this modality (online) while staying true to the playwright's intent. This is a completely different experience for the actors, director and design team. Instead of thinking outside the box, all involved must think of the best way to deliver this text and story inside collective boxes.”

In the Red and Brown Water Premiere:
Friday, April 24; 7 PM
One day Virtual Premiere: Broadway On Demand
Premiere is Free and open to the public following the link
Information: 305-237-3541

This play is about coming of age, loss of innocence and growing awareness. The central character, Oya, strives to make her mark in the world and through the action of the play she discovers what making that mark costs. The action of the story involves the function of family, religion, spirituality and the connection people have to their belief in God. “In the Red and Brown Water is timeless,” continues Randolph. “The characters represent those who are faced with maximum struggles in the human condition including lack of economic resources, the daily struggle for survival while having hope, being loved, leaving one's mark and the belief that a better life may just be around the corner for everyone.”

About In the Red and Brown Water:
In the Red and Brown Water is part of a trilogy of the Brother Sister Plays by Tarell McCraney. It takes place in San Pere Louisiana and it is the story of Oya a girl who has great hope but has to fight her inner struggles and those within the community she lives in. A beautiful combination of the stories of the pantheon of Yoruba Gods, poetry and contemporary urban influences. The play takes you on a great journey of humanity combining humor, pain and the search for love, acceptance and redemption. The heart and soul of the people in the play are around and within each of us. In the Red and Brown Water premiered in 2009 at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

About Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA alumnus, class of 1999):
Critically acclaimed as executive producer of the 2017 Academy Award for “Best Adapted Play” and the 2017 Golden-Globe Award for “Best Picture”. Both for the film Moonlight (2016), written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Moonlight is a timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up Liberty City, in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Most recently, McCraney debuts his first television series David Makes Man - a one-hour lyrical drama presented on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).

Tarell is also known for his widely recognized trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. They have been performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, The Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, at a trio of theaters in the Bay Area: Marin Theatre Company, ACT, and Magic Theatre, as well as the Young Vic in London (Olivier Award nomination) and around the world.

About NWSA:
A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

About NWSA’s Theater program:
The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541, by visiting or by calling the main office at 305-237-3135.