Fort Worth — You can now stop asking one of the big questions of the local theater scene in recent years: "Why hasn't anyone done a work by Tarell Alvin McCraney yet?"
Miami native McCraney, a MacArthur Fellow and Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member, not to mention 2008 winner of the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright award, is one of the most acclaimed new writers for the theater of the past 5 or 6 years, and oddly enough, his work hasn't been done here. That finally ends with Jubilee Theatre's 2014-15 season, which opens with The Brothers Size, one of the plays from McCraney's triptych The Brother/Sister Plays, which put him on the map. See the video above to find out more about him.
Artistic director Tre Garrett says he plans to produce the other two plays in the trilogy, In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet, in subsequent seasons.
Speaking of trilogies, in 2014-15, Jubilee closes out Charlayne Woodard's trio of one-woman shows, with In Real Life. Ebony Marshall will again star, as she did in the other two works, Pretty Fire and Neat.
The season also features the regional premiere of Dominique Morisseau's Sunset Baby, a revival of the '70s Tony-nominated musical Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, as well as another Tony nominee, The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker's novel and the hit 1984 film.
For ticket info, call 817-338-4411 or visit www.jubileetheatre.org.
Here's the full line-up:
The Brother’s Size
by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Sept. 26 – Oct. 26, 2014
THE STORY: In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size is a wall of tough love. Younger brother Oshoosi still struggles to find his footing in the world complicated by his mysterious past. What begins as a ritual, evolves into a tough yet tender drama about the bonds of brotherhood. Poetry and myths are spun into this hot-blooded, music-filled contemporary drama from one of the country's most exciting new voices. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more" … an unforgettable theatrical event that will leave you breathless.
JUBILATION II: The Colors of Christmas
By Tre Garrett and Geno Young
Nov. 28 – Dec. 28, 2014
A fresh remix on last year’s runaway hit of the holidays! It’s that time of year again in the town of Rudyville, time to celebrate the season and raise money for the rent at Leroy’s Night Club. The Silver Belles and the Mistletoes and are back in full force, performing some of your favorite old time Blues, Jazz and R&B hits - twisted into tunes of the season. Sweet dance moves and flashy costumes await you at Leroy’s annual Jubilation Celebration, a place where everyone is sure to be touched with the spirit of Christmas!
In Real Life
by Charlayne Woodard
Jan. 30 – March 1, 2015
THE STORY: Charlayne Woodard, a wide eyed young African-American woman with big dreams, eagerly packs her bags and heads for New York City. Making it in the big city is no easy task as Charlayne struggles to find her footing on Broadway, but ends up with an unforgettable cast of characters. Charming fun, lyrical and beautifully written, In Real Life is the final installment in the Pretty Fire Trilogy that Jubilee Theatre fans have come to know and love.
Having performed the role of Charlayne Woodard in the first two productions, Ebony Marshall Oliver returns to the Jubilee stage to complete this series.
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
(Texas Revival Premiere)
By Micki Grant, Vinnette Carroll
April 3 – May 3, 2015
The 70’s are back and better than ever! Retro-hip-fun abounds in this 1972 Tony Award nominated show for Best Musical.
An all dancing - all singing cast of over a dozen actors perform the blues, rock, jazz, calypso and R&B in a musical revue style, touching on major themes of the 1970’s including student protests, ghetto life, black power, funk and feminism.
by Dominique Morisseau
May. 29 – June 28, 2015
Kenyatta Shakur former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner, is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter Nina. If Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile his past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all - fatherhood. Sunset Baby is an energized, vibrant and witty look at the point where the personal and political collide. Written by one of the most exciting and distinctive undiscovered voices in America.
The Color Purple
Music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, book by Marsha Norman
July. 24 – Aug. 23, 2015
THE COLOR PURPLE is the inspiring family saga that tells an unforgettable story of a woman who through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.
Jubilee Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season, entitled “Journeys” is a thought provoking celebration of the human spirit and the ability of that spirit to rise up and move forward. It’s an exciting season filled with premiers of new works and award winning musicals. A spectacular journey of emotions will unfold in stories where fraternal bonds are tested, the colors of Christmas are illuminated, a star is born, the 1970’s are celebrated, a revolution is explored and sisterhood is strengthened. There is something for everyone in this season of six main stage productions and we invite you to be a part of it all.