Director Fabian Thomas has developed the reputation of bringing non-traditional, edgy and challenging theatrical productions to the Jamaican stage. His upcoming production continues that tradition. Described by the director/producer as his ‘most challenging and intriguing’ effort to date, Thomas will present 2 of the plays from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s highly praised and revered trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays. In the Red and Brown Water and The Brothers Size will run at the Pantry Playhouse March 15 - 24 and March 29 - April 7 respectively.
“As soon as I read the book, I knew I had to direct them!”, Thomas shares, referring to McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays which have been described as “dangerous, modern-day stories of kinship, love, heartache and coming-of-age”, while it has been said that the young playwright “speaks with authenticity about a world that is gritty and lyrical, urban and mythic. One of the most startling new American theatrical voices of the 21st century, McCraney is thrilling audiences internationally by pushing the boundaries of language, form, and sexuality in provocative and poetic ways”. The trilogy delves into the world of a Louisiana Bayou housing project, a landscape of hardship and dreams influenced by Yoruba mythology.
Tarell Alvin McCraney is the recipient of several awards including the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award.
In addition to challenging himself, Thomas has also challenged his actors to learn and adapt the Louisiana in keeping with the demands of the play's script. The talented cast of actors is comprised of Shanique Brown, Damian ‘DJ’ Shaw, Hanief Lallo, Sean Bennett, Ramone Gordon, Shawna-Kae Burns, Noelle Kerr, Shantol Jackson, Susie Braham, Justin Hadeed Awn and Kevin Nelson.
In his creative journey to bring this production to life Thomas has incorporated singers, live music, movement and the use of breathe into his arsenal.
Both productions have ‘adults only’ advisories, due to explicit language and sexual situations