Bonstelle Theatre Presents Michigan Premiere of IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, Now thru 2/16

Bonstelle Theatre Presents Michigan Premiere of IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, Now thru 2/16
Kadijah Perkins. Photo by Marcus Marbury.

The Bonstelle Theatre breaks through the misery of one of Detroit's coldest winters with the Michigan premiere of a stellar addition to the canon of African American theatre, In the Red and Brown Water. Performances run tonight, February 7 through 16, 2014 at the Bonstelle Theatre. Tickets are available at or by calling 313-577-2960.

In the Red and Brown Water is one of the three plays comprising the Brother/Sister Plays written by 2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCarney, an alumnus of the Yale School of Drama, Britain's National Theatre, and currently a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble.

McCarney blends West African Yoruban mythology and the African American experience to tell a poetic story of love and choice through the eyes of a young teenage girl, Oya, who struggles with coming of age in the chaotic yet vibrant Louisiana projects. Oya, meaning "the goddess of wind, lightning, fire, fertility, and magic," finds herself forced into an emotionally heart-wrenching decision: to stay with her terminally-ill mother or to chase her dream of becoming a college track star.

Director Aku Kadogo is no stranger to Detroit audiences, having performed extensively throughout the region for many years, and having been faculty at Wayne State University. She has taught abroad at Yongin University in South Korea and NAISDA Dance College in Australia.

Kadago describes McCarney as a poetic genius in his use of the orishas - a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of God in the Yoruba religion. Kadogo's approach to the production is influenced by the playwright's use of the Yoruban orishas as elements of nature today. "McCarney uses orishas as a metaphor. As an example, Shango and Oya are thunder and wind. When McCraney places them in New Orleans, they cannot fail to be associated with the hurricane, Katrina."

Don't miss this groundbreaking experience at the Bonstelle Theatre.

Tickets are available at or at 313-577-2960. Joins on Facebook for more details at: Ticket Information: Regular Price $20; Discounts $15 (All students, WSU staff, WSU Alumni, Seniors (62+); Student Rush $10! (1 hour prior performance); Group Rates (15+) $10; Valentine's Day Special: 2 tickets for $29!


Oya Kadijah Perkins (Detroit, MI)

Aunt Elegua Laurice White (Detroit, MI)

Elegba Dante Jones (Detroit, MI)

Ogun Size Zyle Cook (Marcellus, MI)

Shango Donnevon Tolbert (Detroit, MI)

Egungun James Jordan (Detroit, MI)

Nia Kristin Dawn-Dumas (Detroit, MI)

Shun Tayler Jones (Detroit, MI)

O Li Roon/Man From State Jackson McLaskey (Detroit, MI)

Production Crew: Aku Kadogo (Director), Mike Waldrup (Stage Manager), Kimbra Essex (Scene Design), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director), Jessica Rushing (Property Master), Anne Suchyta (Costume Design), Amy Schneider (Light Design), Michael Hallberg (Master Electrician ), Tyler Ezell (Sound Designer).

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