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Curious Theatre Company to Present THE BROTHERS SIZE, 7/11-8/1

Curious Theatre Company continues Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays, a trilogy set deep in the Louisiana Bayou that follows one close-knit community across generations as they come of age through trials of heartache, love and kinship.

The production will feature the entirety of the original Curious cast from 2013 including Artistic Company Members Laurence Curry and Cajardo Rameery Lindsey, with Damion Hoover as well as the original designers including Artistic Company Members Jason Ducat and Shannon McKinney with Meghan Anderson Doyle. The production in 2013 was regarded as "a remarkable piece of theater...transcendent," and Tarell Alvin McCraney as "a playwright to be reckoned with" by The Denver Post.

The groundbreaking saga resumes with The Brothers Size, July 11 - August 1, 2015, at 1080 Acoma Street, Denver. The opening night is July 11, 2015, at 8 p.m. A special added performance will occur on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Inspired by playwright Tarell McCraney's interest in Yoruban mythology and his own childhood growing up in the inner city housing projects of Miami, The Brother/Sister Plays is a trilogy of lyrical and imaginative works set in the Bayou. These three plays, set in the "distant present", follow a dynamic cast of characters as they come of age through trials of heartache, love and kinship. The second chapter The Brothers Size plays in the 2014/15 Season, and the saga concludes in the 2015/16 Season with Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet.

"It is rare in our work here at Curious that we have the opportunity to remount shows that we've previously produced, and it is an exciting honor to have this opportunity to do so with such a tremendously successful production of The Brothers Size. And I think that we're all looking forward to watching how these characters grow, intensify and develop after these wonderful artists dug deeper into the world of In The Red And Brown Water. Whether you saw our production the first time or not, this is definitely a production not to be missed," says Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton.

Limited Return Engagement

The Brother/Sister Plays:
The Brothers Size

July 11 - August 1, 2015

The cast features Curious Artistic Company Members Laurence Curry and Cajardo Rameer Lindsey, with Damion Hoover. Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou, and West African mythology swirl together in this unforgettable theatrical event that will leave you breathless. Even though Oshooshi Size is out of jail, he's hardly free. In this taut, pulsing and playful drama, two brothers walk the line between law and liberty, locked in a fierce tug-of-war for their own souls. The Brothers Size is a rhythmic exploration from one of the country's most exciting new voices and a soulful journey into the complexities of brotherhood.

Regional Premiere

The Brother/Sister Plays:
Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet

By Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by Dee Covington

Featuring Artistic Company Members Laurence Curry and Cajardo Rameer Lindsey

A devastating storm is brewing - not only in the skies above the projects of San Pere, Louisiana, but also in the heart of one of its youths. Sixteen-year-old Marcus is haunted by his father's mysterious legacy, his own sexuality, and his dreams of torrential downpours. In this tender, hypnotic, dream-like conclusion to The Brother/Sister Plays, a young man's search for meaning draws him deeper and deeper into the dark of the bayou, as rising waters threaten to consume his whole world, and a storm for the ages approaches. Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet is a beautiful portrait of a boy coming to grips with his identity and finding the bravery to become a man.

The creative team for The Brother/Sister Plays includes Curious Artistic Company Members Jason Ducat, Shannon McKinney and Chip Walton, with Meghan Anderson Doyle.

Dee Covington (Director) is an Artistic Company Member and founding member of Curious Theatre Company. Covington's directing credits at Curious include In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size, Collapse, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Speech & Debate and The Denver Project. As an actress she was last seen as Margaret in Good People. Other Curious acting credits include Mel in After The Revolution, Veronica in God Of Carnage, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park (Denver Post Ovation Nominee, Supporting Actress in a Play),

The Homebody in Homebody/Kabul (Best of Westword, Best Contemporary Monologue). She is also the program director for Curious New Voices, Curious' nationally recognized youth playwriting program, currently celebrating its 11th season.

Tarell Alvin McCraney (Playwright) Plays include Wig Out! (developed at Sundance Theatre Lab, produced in New York by the Vineyard Theatre and in London by the Royal Court) and the trilogy entitled The Brother/Sister Plays, including: The Brothers Size (simultaneously premiered in New York at the Public Theater, in association with the Foundry Theatre, and in London at the Young Vic, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliated Theatre); In the Red and Brown Water (winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, produced at the Alliance Theatre and the Young Vic); and Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet. His other plays include Without/Sin and Run, Mourner, Run (adapted from Randall Kenan's short story), both of which premiered at Yale Cabaret. In the summer of 2006, McCraney, Catherine Filloux, and Joe Sutton wrote The Breach, a play on Katrina, the Gulf, and our nation, commissioned by Southern Rep in New Orleans, where it premiered in August 2007 to mark the two-year anniversary of the tragedy in New Orleans. The Breach also played at Seattle Rep in the winter of 2007. McCraney attended the New World School of the Arts High School in Miami, Florida, receiving the exemplary artist award and the Dean's Award in Theatre. He holds a BFA in acting from DePaul University. McCraney is a May 2007 graduate of the Yale School of Drama's playwriting program, headed by Richard Nelson, where he received the Cole Porter Playwriting Award upon graduation. He is the Royal Shakespeare Company's international writer in residence, the 2009 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and the recipient of the 2007 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the 2007 Whiting Award. He is currently under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and Berkeley Rep and is a member of New Dramatists and Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami. In 2008, McCraney was the recipient of London's Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

The Brothers Size Profiles:

Laurence Curry (Oshoosi Size) is an Artistic Company Member at Curious Theatre Company, where he has appeared in In the Red and Brown Water, The Whipping Man (Henry Award for Best Supporting Actor, True West Award), The Brothers Size (True West Award for Best Actor in a Drama and Best Drama, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nomination, Outstanding Actor in a Play) and Collapse. Other productions include Jackie & Me, Just Like Us, Grace or the Art of Climbing, Fences, The Mad Woman, A Streetcar Named Desire (Denver Center Theatre Company), Tarzan, Pippin and Aida (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities). Film credits include Assassins' Code, Strangeland and Asteroid. Curry has danced internationally. He received his BA from the University of Northern Colorado in Theatre and Dance Performance.

Damion Hoover (Elegba) returns to Curious Theatre Company after appearing in In the Red and Brown Water and The Brothers Size. Hoover is a Colorado native and his local community theatre experience was born and bred through Shadow Theatre Company under the tutelage of the late Jeffrey Nickelson. Past credits at Shadow Theatre Company include Flying West, Macbeth, Two Trains Running, Blood Knot and Topdog Underdog for which he received the 2005 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Actor.

Cajardo Rameer Lindsey (Ogun) is an Artistic Company Member and returns to Curious Theatre Company after appearing in In the Red and Brown Water, The Whipping Man, The Brothers Size and Fences. Other roles include Just Like Us, A Raisin in the Sun (Denver Center Theatre Company), To Kill A Mockingbird, Wait Until Dark, A Raisin in the Sun (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities), Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blood Knot (Shadow Theatre Company), The Night of the Iguana, Lobby Hero and Misery (Miner's Alley Playhouse) and Visiting Mr. Green (Cherry Creek Theatre). Television and film credits include In Plain Sight, Medium, Easy Money, Silver City, Force of Execution and MacGruber. Cajardo most recently received Westword's 2014 Best of Denver Best Actor award, the 2013/14 Henry Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama and a 2013 True West Nomination for Best Actor in a Drama.

Chip Walton (Producing Artistic Director & Co-Scenic Designer) founded Curious Theatre Company in 1997 and has served as Producing Artistic Director for the entire history of the organization. Named Denver's "2005 Theatre Person of the Year," he has directed 35 shows for Curious over the past 16 years, and his work has garnered more than 75 local and national awards. In 2008, Curious was honored with the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Walton has served as the President of the National New Play Network, a network of professional, non-profit theatres across the country dedicated to the development and production of new plays for the American theatre. Walton was also selected in the inaugural class of Livingston Fellows, as one of five individuals from across Colorado selected by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as exceptional non-profit leaders with significant potential for contribution, change and leadership in Colorado's non-profit sector. Walton has participated in the Visiting Professionals program at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, as well as serving on the Leadership Group for Imagine 2020: Creating a Future for Denver's Culture. He has directed in the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays, the Kennedy Center's MFA Playwriting Festival in Washington, D.C. and accepted a National Theatre Company Award in New York for Curious from the prestigious American Theatre Wing.

Performances of The Brothers Size are July 9 - August 1, 2015. The opening performance is on July 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. Previews are July 9 - 10, 2015. Curtain times are Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. as well as Wednesday July 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 - $46 and are available at the Box Office, 1080 Acoma Street, Denver; 303.623.0524 or online at curioustheatre.org.

**Discussions with artistic staff and cast members will follow all performances on July 16 - July 31, 2015.

"No guts, no story" embodies the ethos of Curious Theatre Company. Established 17 years ago by a vanguard Artistic Company that has since grown to 28 professional actors, designers, and directors at its core, Curious brings the best new theatre to Denver, producing thought-provoking plays designed to challenge ideas, stir emotions, and leave audiences thinking and talking for days.

Under the artistic leadership of founding Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton, Curious Theatre Company reaches more than 18,000 individuals each year through: five main-stage productions; the innovative Curious New Voices youth education program; the unique Denver Stories original play commissions that honor area luminaries; and a range of Curious 360º audience enrichment activities.

A recipient of more than one hundred local and national awards, Curious includes among its most prized accolades the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Year by a Theatre Company, 5280 Magazine 2011 Top of the Town Editor's Choice for Best Theatre Company, Westword Reader's Choice for Best Theatre in 2012, the 2013 Colorado Theatre Guild's award for Outstanding Season, and the Westword awards for Best Theatre Season and Best Theatre for Contemporary drama in 2015.




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