Marcus: the Completion of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Brother/Sister Trilogy of Plays at A.C.T.
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A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns, in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, a bah-humbuggy sort who's shown a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky Christmas Eve. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, A Christmas Carol captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season, especially in this imaginative version written by A.C.T.'s own artistic director Carey Perloff and alumnus Paul Walsh. Learn More
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Featured review from Mke Hughes
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As another reviewer stated and I can't say it any better, "Great production with an excellent cast. This is a author to watch out for. Very smart and entertaining. I did not get to see the first two of the trilogy and I wish I did. but do not miss this production. It stands on its' own" Go see this play it is fantastic!
Quotes & Highlights
- "One of the most exciting new voices in the American theater since the arrival of Tony Kushner" —San Francisco Chronicle
- "[McCraney] writes with a passion and urgency that can't be faked."—The New York Times
- "The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more." —Chicago Tribune
- "These are spiritual works that thrum with vitality, whether it's joyous or melancholy, told in vigorous language that artfully folds together slangy vernacular with bursts of haunting poetry." —Variety
Marcus is 16 and "sweet." Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the projects of Louisiana, the currents of his life converge, overflowing into his close-knit community and launching the search for his sexual and personal identity on a cultural landscape infused with mysterious family creeds. The provocative, poignant, and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South, Marcus is the stirring conclusion of The Brother/Sister Plays.
A deeply personal play for McCraney, Marcus resonates beautifully on its own and also functions as a poetic and moving culmination of the trilogy. In the play, Marcus, one of the youngest members of the families that populate the first two plays of the trilogy, must come to terms with his own identity and, in McCraney's words, "explore his thread in the tapestry of his community." It is the largest in scope of the three plays that make up the trilogy and will receive an imaginative production on the beautiful American Conservatory Theater stage. The power of Marcus's dreams will come to life with evocative video projections (designed by Alex V. Nichols) that transform the very simple set created by OBIE Award–winning scenic designer Loy Arcenas (Curse of the Starving Class and The Invention of Love for A.C.T.). The creative team also includes costume designer Lydia Tanji (who designed the costumes for the other two plays in the Bay Area trilogy), lighting designer James F. Ingalls, and sound designer Andre Pluess.