The Brothers Size

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman

January 6 - February 1, 2015

Run Time: 80 minutes
There will be no intermission.

by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Tea Alagić

January 6 – February 1, 2015

Just out of prison and taken in by his brother, Oshoosi Size is ready to start his life anew. When his former cellmate appears at the garage where the brothers fix cars, Oshoosi finds himself struggling with conflicting loyalties that could dramatically impact his future. Pulsing with the rhythms of the Louisiana Bayou, this lyrical tale of brotherly love explores the tension between fear and desire on the elusive road to freedom.

 Click here to read more about The Brothers Size in our Winter Newsletter

Audience Advisory: Strong adult language and content
Age Recommendations: Ages 17+
Student Matinee Grade Levels: no student matinees

Open Caption Performance Date: Saturday, January 17 at 4 p.m.
Audio Described Performance Date: Sunday, January 18 at 2:30 p.m.



Community Conversation: The Brothers Size

Actors Theatre of Louisville invites the local community to a join it for a community conversation inspired by the performance of The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Join us for a pre-show reception, a performance of The Brothers Size and a dynamic post-show conversation led by Emmy award-winning broadcast Jean West. For more information on the event and how to secure tickets, click here.



“All of the musical elements in the play and the actors performing within a tight structure of dialogue and music has got to be a kind of high-wire act for director Alagic and the cast. But because the actors execute their roles so seamlessly, their efforts are barely detectible and help intensify the surge of emotion laden by loss that ends the play.” – Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier Journal, Full Review

“It’s a raw play. A beautiful play. It’s not a play for your 12-year-old or your cranky, sensitive grandmother. But it is a play that will stick with you. As I added photos to this review, I found myself tearing up a bit. And I will never hear “Try a Little Tenderness” the same way again.” – Melissa Chipman, Insider Louisville, Full Review

The Brothers Size is a brave and compelling work. It’s not silent on the subject of race, or our prison culture, but the social statements and questions never drew our eyes away from the brothers, which makes any questions resonate even more.” – Eli Keel, Arts-Louisville, Full Review

“A play that reaches back to our roots, that engages us in a timeless ritual and reminds us of the power of story to resonate deep inside us, to subtly elide the Teller and the Told in the universal struggle of existing in any age, in any place – that is what the theater needs. That is what churches need. Right now, at least for the month of January 2015, Actors Theatre has it.” – Todd Zeigler, Broadway World, Full Review

“At the end, the hard-edged archetypes yield, iron bends and the brothers try a little tenderness. The result is a bittersweet emotional payoff that is as satisfying as it is conventional.” – Marty Rosen, Leo Weekly, Full Review



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