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Tarell Alvin McCraney

 
Bio:
Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays which includes The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. Other plays include Head of Passes, Choir Boy and Wig Out! Tarell's script, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, is ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays which includes The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. Other plays include Head of Passes, Choir Boy and Wig Out! Tarell's script, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, is ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
Reading at the National Theatre, 2017
Rey Rey

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Eric Simonson, Terry Kinney and Tarell Alvin McCraney next to Helen Zell, Anna D. Sha Photo

Eric Simonson, Terry Kinney and Tarell Alvin McCraney next to Helen Zell, Anna D. Shapiro, Liz Lefkofsky, Namir Smallwood, Eric Lefkofsky, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, First Lady Amy Eshleman, Kristen Das and Joelle Reiter

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11/05/2021
Tarell Alvin McCraney, Patricia McGregor and Mfoniso Udofia Photo

Tarell Alvin McCraney, Patricia McGregor and Mfoniso Udofia

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09/14/2021
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05/28/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
Reading at the National Theatre, 2017
Rey Rey

Productions

[West End, 2017]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 0]
Director

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Writing
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Tarell Alvin McCraney Biography

Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays which includes The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. Other plays include Head of Passes, Choir Boy and Wig Out! Tarell's script, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, is the basis for the Oscar-winning film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, for which McCraney and Jenkins also won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Tarell is currently working on an original scripted TV series for Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network, produced by Michael B. Jordan and Page Fright Productions.

Tarell Alvin McCraney Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Play
Tarell Alvin McCraney, Choir Boy

Tarell Alvin McCraney News

Cast Announced for THE GOSPEL WOMAN at National Black Theatre Photo Cast Announced for THE GOSPEL WOMAN at National Black Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 28, 2022

National Black Theatre has announced the cast for The Gospel Woman - the first workshop production of its 2022-2023 programmatic season. Performances are set to run from November 9 through November 13, 2022 at Chelsea Factory in NYC.

Daphne Rubin-Vega & More to Star in MY BROKEN LANGUAGE World Premiere at Signature Th Photo Daphne Rubin-Vega & More to Star in MY BROKEN LANGUAGE World Premiere at Signature Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2022

Signature Theatre will present Quiara Alegría Hudes’ My Broken Language, the acclaimed playwright’s stage adaptation of her eponymous memoir, and her return to Signature for the second play in her Premiere Residency. My Broken Language takes place Oct 18-Nov 27, 2022 in the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre.

Review: CHOIR BOY at ACT Theatre Photo Review: CHOIR BOY at ACT Theatre
by Jay Irwin - Sep 22, 2022

Dear Readers, I’m going to set the “Way Back Machine” to 2011 where I was first introduced to the works of playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney as the Seattle Rep had produced his stunning “The Brothers Size”, a show that hit me so hard in the gut that I think about it to this day. And while I was still reeling from it in 2012, he presented his astounding “Choir Boy” at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Eventually it made its way to Broadway in 2019 to a huge outpouring of critical acclaim. Sadly, I missed that run but then ACT announced they would be bringing it to Seattle … in 2020. Yup, you guessed it. It didn’t happen then thanks to the pandemic. But now, thanks to the theatre gods, ACT, in conjunction with the 5th Avenue Theatre, have made good on their promise of presenting this amazing work and let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

World Premiere of YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS to be Presented at Lincoln Center Theate Photo World Premiere of YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS to be Presented at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 will present the world premiere production of YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS, a new play by Julia May Jonas, directed by Annie Tippe, which will begin performances Saturday, November 19 and run for six weeks only through Saturday, December 31 at the Claire Tow Theater.  Opening night is Monday, December 5.

Photos: David Tennant and the Cast of GOOD in Rehearsal Photo Photos: David Tennant and the Cast of GOOD in Rehearsal
by Stephi Wild - Sep 21, 2022

Rehearsals have begun for Dominic Cooke’s new production of C.P. Taylor’s GOOD, starring David Tennant,  Elliot Levey, and Sharon Small. Further casting includes Rebecca Bainbridge, Izaak Cainer, Jamie Cameron, Jim Creighton, Edie Newman and Lizzie Schenk. Check out photos here!

New York Premiere of Bruce Norris' DOWNSTATE to be Presented at Playwrights Horizons  Photo New York Premiere of Bruce Norris' DOWNSTATE to be Presented at Playwrights Horizons in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 16, 2022

Playwrights Horizons will present the New York premiere of Bruce Norris’s Downstate, directed by Pam MacKinnon, October 28–December 11 (opening November 15). This provocative work surrounds a registered address in downstate Illinois, where four men convicted of sex crimes share a group home, living out their days post-incarceration.

CHOIR BOY Comes to Canadian Stage in November Photo CHOIR BOY Comes to Canadian Stage in November
by Stephi Wild - Sep 15, 2022

Canadian Stage has shared details of the upcoming Toronto premiere production of MOONLIGHT co-writer and Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY - set to light up the big stage of the Bluma Appel Theatre beginning November 8th and running to November 19th.

The Carbonell Awards Announces 2022 Winners of George Abbott Award and Six Special Aw Photo The Carbonell Awards Announces 2022 Winners of George Abbott Award and Six Special Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 7, 2022

The Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s Theater & Arts Honors, HAS announced the recipients of the prestigious George Abbott Award and six Special Awards.

Jackie Burns, Teal Wicks, George Dvorsky and Curtis Wiley to Star in MY WAY: A MUSICA Photo Jackie Burns, Teal Wicks, George Dvorsky and Curtis Wiley to Star in MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 2, 2022

Casa Mañana will kick off its 22-23 Broadway Season, presented by Frank Kent Cadillac, with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, September 10-17, 2022. Tickets are on sale now.

Riverside Theatre's National Theatre of Parramatta presents the Australian Premiere o Photo Riverside Theatre's National Theatre of Parramatta presents the Australian Premiere of CHOIR BOY
by Stephi Wild - Sep 2, 2022

Riverside Theatres has announced National Theatre of Parramatta’s Australian premiere season of Choir Boy, by the Academy Award® winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. The production will premiere at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres in association with Sydney WorldPride from 14 February 2023, before embarking on a national tour.

Tarell Alvin McCraney Videos

VIDEO: First Look at CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company VideoVIDEO: First Look at CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 30, 2022

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's new staging of the Tony Award-nominated play Choir Boy by Oscar-winning Steppenwolf ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), is now running in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theater now through July 24, 2022. Get a first look at footage from the production here!

VIDEO: First Look At CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company VideoVIDEO: First Look At CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by Stage Tube - Jun 21, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Tony Award-nominated play Choir Boy by Oscar-winning Steppenwolf ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Kent Gash, the production features La Shawn Banks, Sheldon D. Brown, Richard David, William Dick, Gilbert Domally, Tyler Hardwick and Samuel B. Jackson.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At CHOIR BOY At The Denver Center for the Performing Arts VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At CHOIR BOY At The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
by Stage Tube - May 17, 2022

The DCPA Theatre Company has announced the full casting and creative team for Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy in the Kilstrom Theatre running April 22 through May 29, 2022. 

The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season VideoThe 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre announced its 2022/23 Season. The 2022/23 Season features a dynamic lineup of musical theater magic that includes a world premiere, a co-production with ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, and more. Check out the fill season

VIDEO: First Look at CHOIR BOY at Philadelphia Theatre Company VideoVIDEO: First Look at CHOIR BOY at Philadelphia Theatre Company
by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2022

Philadelphia Theatre Company kicks off 2022 with the Philadelphia Premiere of a TONY Award-winning play from an Academy Award winning writer. Audiences return to PTC for soaring gospel music and a story about singing in your own key as Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy takes the stage.

VIDEO: Watch a Teaser for Barry Jenkins' THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD VideoVIDEO: Watch a Teaser for Barry Jenkins' THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
by Stage Tube - Oct 19, 2020

The first trailer for Barry Jenkins' 'The Underground Railroad' is out today!

VIDEO: Forest VanDyke, Darius-Anthony Robinson, and Kris Coleman Perform 'Quiet' as T VideoVIDEO: Forest VanDyke, Darius-Anthony Robinson, and Kris Coleman Perform 'Quiet' as Tribute to Black Lives Matter
by Stage Tube - Aug 12, 2020

Forest VanDyke, Darius-Anthony Robinson, and Kris Coleman performed 'Quiet' by Jonathan Reid Gealt as a tribute to Black Lives Matter.

VIDEO: OWN Releases Trailer for DAVID MAKES MAN, Premiering August 14 VideoVIDEO: OWN Releases Trailer for DAVID MAKES MAN, Premiering August 14
by Stage Tube - Jun 19, 2019

 OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that its anticipated new drama series “David Makes Man” from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television will premiere on Wednesday, August 14 at 10 p.m. ETPT following the network's critically acclaimed drama “Queen Sugar” (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ETPT).  The series premiere will be presented by Lexus with limited commercial interruption.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Tina Landau's MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT at Steppenwolf VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Tina Landau's MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT at Steppenwolf
by Alan Henry - Jun 6, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world premiere of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT, co-written by ensemble members Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, Academy Award). Conceived by Tina Landau, she also directs this true and little-known Chicago story that will star Tarell Alvin McCraney as Ms. Joan Jett Blakk. Joining McCraney in the cast are Patrick Andrews, Molly Brennan, Daniel Kyri, Jon Hudson Odom and Sawyer Smith.

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Jez Butterworth VideoWATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Jez Butterworth
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 14, 2019

Jez Butterworth just earned his second Tony nomination for his new play, The Ferryman. Watch as he tells us more about what the play means to him!


Tarell Alvin McCraney Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Tarell Alvin McCraney been in?
Tarell Alvin McCraney has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Tarell Alvin McCraney been in?
Tarell Alvin McCraney has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Tarell Alvin McCraney's first West End show?
Tarell Alvin McCraney's first West End show was Wig Out! which opened in 2017

What awards has Tarell Alvin McCraney been nominated for?
Best Play (Tony Awards) for Choir Boy .

How many shows has Tarell Alvin McCraney written?
Tarell Alvin McCraney has written 7 shows including The Brothers Size (Playwright), Wig Out! (Author), The Brother/Sister Plays Part 1: In The Red and Brown Water (Playwright), The Brother/Sister Plays Part 2: The Brothers Size and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Playwright), The Brother/Sister Plays (Playwright), Choir Boy (Playwright), Head of Passes (Playwright).