CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY, August 30, 2022 – South Camden Theatre Company is extremely excited to announce the opening of our next live stage production, “The Brothers Size” by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The show is directed by Damien J. Wallace, a Philadelphia-based director, AEA Equity Actor, and theatre teacher.
Artistic Director, Dawn Varava, stated that although “The Brothers Size” was a selection by former Artistic Director, Raymond Croce, she is thrilled to be part of seeing this production on stage at the Waterfront South Theatre. “Working with Damien has been just an awesome experience. He understands how to stage productions and get the most from his actors. Be sure to see this show. You won’t be disappointed.”
We open “The Brothers Size”, the second play in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy on September 9th, 2022. The show runs for nine performances. See it Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm or our Sunday matinée performances at 2:00 pm.
Director Damien Wallace spoke with us and provided these thoughts on the play, “What happens to a dream deferred? It’s choked out or suffocated. Dreams are often criticized or discouraged by societal norms or familial values. Often individuals find themselves trapped in an unfulfilling and soul-killing environment. Such is the life of the Brothers Size.”
The play follows Ogun Size, his younger brother Oshoosi Size, and Oshoosi’s friend Elegba. Oshoosi has just been released from prison and is staying with his older brother Ogun. Ogun sees that Oshoosi is lost and wants to help his brother acclimate to life outside prison, so he gives Oshoosi a job at his mechanics shop. Oshoosi is a dreamer and more than a job he desires a car so he can drive away from his hometown of San Pere, Louisiana, and start fresh with his freedom. Oshoosi’s friend Elegba, who was in prison with him, always shows up to hang out with Oshoosi, and Ogun thinks he’s bad news. Elegba implies that he and Oshoosi were lovers in prison, and it seems like Elegba is in love with Oshoosi. When Elegba gets Oshoosi a car (it’s unclear if he stole it), Oshoosi is ecstatic to finally have some freedom, and they take the car out for a ride. Unbeknownst to Oshoosi, Elegba has cocaine in his bag, and that’s where things unravel.
Damien continued, “The Brothers Size” sheds light on conformity and self-identity and the difficulty navigating within those constructs. Additionally, it allows you the audience to understand the pressures and struggles endured by African Americans trying to assimilate and become a part of the fabric of this nation. All the while attempting to maintain ancestral roots albeit by choice or circumstance.”
This show has three incredible actors. Craig McClaren appears as Ogun Henri Size, Oshoosi’s older brother. David Bazemore (AEA) plays Oshoosi who was recently released from prison. You’ll also meet Gregory Holmes, Jr. who plays Elegba, Oshoosi’s friend from prison. Together these three actors create an incredible ensemble. Along with the actors, you’ll see and hear Karen Smith, a Philadelphia-based percussionist who helps to tell the story through her African drumming.
Damien has been working with South Camden for many years on our stage. He has appeared in many of our best productions. He states, ”Telling this story has been extremely rewarding and liberating. The commitment of these talented actors have made this production a fantastic voyage as well as working with the SCTC family. It’s been a very long mutually respected and appreciated relationship over the last 15 years or so. I’m forever grateful for the trust this company has entrusted to me.”
Learn more about each show on our website at www.southcamdentheatre.org. Be sure to sign up for our email notifications and receive information on special pricing, new events, and more. Tickets are available now. General admission is $20. There is a Camden Resident ticket available for $5 thanks to a grant from Holman Enterprises.
About The Theatre Company
South Camden Theatre Company is proud to call Camden home. When the company was founded in 2005, performances were held in the basement theatre of the Sacred Heart Church. We’re now the proud owners of The Waterfront South Theatre, the first, free-standing theatre built for live theatre in Camden in more than 100 years. Learn more here: www.southcamdentheatre.org.
About The Waterfront South Neighborhood
The Waterfront South neighborhood is a growing arts community. Our arts neighbors now include Camden FireWorks, artist studio spaces, and gallery, The Nick Virgilio Writer’s House, Mighty Writers, Bee Still Studios, The Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum, Camden Boat Works, and the Center For Environmental Transformation, along with The Heart of Camden, The Camden Sophisticated Sisters, and The Sacred Heart Church. Visit: www.waterfrontsouthcamden.com to learn more about this growing arts community.
About our sponsors
PNC Bank selected South Camden Theatre Company to participate in PNC Arts Alive again for the next two seasons. This is a very prestigious grant award. Just over 40 organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern, New Jersey region, were selected for bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement.
“We’ve long recognized just how vital the arts and cultural sector is to our community. The PNC team is once again excited to support the arts and cultural organizations visual and performing arts in the Delaware Valley,” said Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. “Arts and culture strengthen the local economy and have the power to bring people together. As we look forward to resuming everyday activities, we invite our neighbors to join us and be a part of art.” Read more here: https://bit.ly/pncartsaliveconnect
Our shows are also sponsored in part by Holman Enterprise Group, Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College and Subaru.
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