2022/2023 Season

In the Red and Brown Water

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Margo Hall

October 13–16, 2022
Zellerbach Playhouse

A spirited young runner with a promising future, Oya is faced with an impossible choice: stay home to care for her ailing mother or follow her dreams of becoming a track star. Acclaimed writer Tarell Alvin McCraney (Oscar winner for Moonlight) combines lyrical dialogue, evocative movement, and Yoruba mythology with a powerful coming-of-age story about expectations, desires, and consequences.

Critical Acclaim

"[McCraney] writes with almost unnerving confidence. He shifts easily between thrilling music sequences and the kind of vibrant, hilarious, pointed dialogue few playwrights can manage." —SF Weekly

"...flowing with full-bodied song, rich humor and compassionate breadth." —SF Chronicle


Performance Times

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 — 8pm
  • Friday, October 14, 2022 — 8pm  (with post-show discussion)
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 — 2pm
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 — 8pm
  • Sunday, October 16, 2022 — 2pm

Tarell Alvin McCraney, Playwright

Tarell Alvin McCraney, Playwright

Tarell Alvin McCraney is the acclaimed writer of In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the basis for the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. McCraney’s plays include MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT (co-written with Tina Landau), The Brother/Sister PlaysHead of PassesWig Out!, and Choir Boy, which was nominated for four Tony Awards. He is currently Chair of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama; an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago; and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects.

Margo Hall, Acting Lecturer

Margo Hall, Director

Margo Hall is an award-winning actor, director, activist, educator, and newly appointed Artistic Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. She has graced Bay Area stages for 30 years as a performer and director. She recently appeared in the hit film Blindspotting Oakland native Daveed Diggs and All Day and a Night on Netflix. She was last seen onstage in Exit Strategy at Aurora Theatre.