Endeavors: “A Conversation with Tarell McCraney”

Speaker name: 
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Windham Campbell Prize Drama Honoree (2013) and Yale School of Drama
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:45am
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 1:15pm
Dept. of African American Studies See map
81 Wall St., Room 201
New Haven, CT

Tarell Alvin McCraney is a playwright and actor best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays, which blends myth with realism in the intergenerational story of an African-American community in Louisiana.  McCraney’s has been lauded as the kind of voice that can define a generation; Ben Brantley wrote of The Brother/Sister Plays in The New York Times, “It’s what people must have felt during productions of the early works of Eugene O’Neill in the 1920s or of Sam Shepard in the 1960s.”  McCraney is an ensemble member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which premiered his new play Head of Passes this spring.  He is also a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami, where he grew up in the Liberty City housing projects in the 1980s.  McCraney’s other plays include The Breach (written with Joe Sutton and Catherine Filloux, 2008), about Hurricane Katrina, and Wig Out! (2007), about a family of New York drag queens. His latest play, Choir Boy, was produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in June 2013.  He is a graduate of DePaul University and the Yale School of Drama

Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Windham Campbell Prize Program, Beinecke Library