In the Red and Brown Water


October 12 – 29, 2017
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Henry Godinez and Jerrell L. Henderson

Oya is a teenager growing up in the projects in Louisiana. A high school track star, she has the chance to escape poverty with a full scholarship to college but sacrifices her ambition to stay home and care for her mother. How far will beautiful Oya go to make a mark in the world? Written by the Academy Award-winning writer of “Moonlight,” this acclaimed play, exploring love and loss through circumstances and missed opportunities, is an intoxicating story that charts a young girl’s thrust into womanhood and her subsequent fall into the murky waters of life.

Please be advised this production contains strong language.

"The duality this offers is the duality that life can never be just one thing and that's what makes it exciting - that there can be such beauty and hope in the sadness." - Jerrell L. Henderson, Co-Director

"The play is timeless in its personal insight into black female bodies and black masculinity, and its themes are universal, regardless of race. The production also highlights how much wonderful black talent we have at Northwestern now" - Henry Godinez. Co-Director

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Tarell Alvin McCraney (Playwright) is the Chair, and Professor in the Practice of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama and is the Yale Repertory Theatre Playwright-in-Residence. He is also a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects Theater Company in Miami, a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble, and co-wrote the 2016 film MOONLIGHT, based on his own work IN MOONLIGHT BLACK BOYS LOOK BLUE, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His numerous awards include the Whiting Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, Windham-Campbell Prize, London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the Paula Vogel Award, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship.

Henry Godinez (Co-Director) is a professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University and the Resident Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre where, as director of the Latino Theatre Festival, he fostered the co-production of Pedro Paramo with Teatro Buendia of Cuba.  Also at Goodman he has directed world premieres by Luis Alfaro, Regina Taylor, Karen Zacarías, Charis Castro Smith and José Rivera. Godinez is the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista and has directed at Yale Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre Company in NYC, Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Indiana Repertory Theatre.  As a 2017 Northwestern Public Voices/Op Ed Fellow, his writing has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Latino USA, L.A. Review of Books and TRT World. As an actor, he can currently be seen in Quixote: In the Conquest of Self at Writer’s Theatre.  He is the recipient of the TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and the 2008 Chicago Latino Network’s Latino Professional of the Year.  Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Godinez serves on the board of the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Editorial board of Northwestern University Press, and the Board of Directors of Albany Park Theater Project.

Jerrell L. Henderson (Co-Director) is a director and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include Bud, Not Buddy at the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Franklin & Marshall College. As an assistant director, Jerrell has worked with The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre. As an acting instructor, Jerrell worked with the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA for nine years, splitting his time between teaching performance classes, devising and directing scripts with students and directing several professional outreach productions for the education department. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University (2003), an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University (2015), is a member of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2012), and a member of Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative (2017-18).

Scenic Designer: Michelle Lilly
Costume Designer: Alycia Matz
Lighting Designer: Joseph Franjoine
Sound Designer: Chris Kriz
Assistant Director: Lee Hannah Conrads
Music Director: Christie Chiles Twillie
Movement Director: Stephanie Paul
Dramaturg: Gabrielle Randle
Stage Manager: Abby Doermann

Performance Schedule
Thursday, October 12 at 7:30PM
Friday, October 13 at 7:30PM
Saturday, October 14 at 7:30PM
Sunday, October 15 at 2:00PM
Friday, October 20 at 7:30PM
Saturday, October 21 at 7:30PM
Sunday, October 22 at 2:00PM
Friday, October 27 at 7:30PM
Saturday, October 28 at 7:30PM
Sunday, October 29 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing
Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door