Rising star Ony Uhiara, plays Oya
A new fast and loose play by Tarell Alvin McCraney whose compelling storytelling brought audiences to their feet in London – as well as New York - with the Olivier nominated The Brothers Size. Ashley Walters makes his Young Vic debut with this show which will move McCraney to our main house after his 2007 triumph in our Maria theatre. It will feature music written and performed by celebrated New Orleans jazz trumpeter Abram Wilson. The Brothers Size returns to the Maria from 8 October after which the two plays will run side by side in our two main theatres. Young Vic associate director Walter Meierjohann makes his UK debut with In the Red and Brown Water. The play draws on the rich tapestry and vibrant stories of Yoruba mythology. Set in the sweltering heat of Louisiana it tells the soulful story of one young woman with a dream. Oya girl looks to the sky. Finds no answer there. She breathes like the wind. Oya is a star athlete. She never feels so right as when she’s burning up the track. As a girl she has to choose between following her dream and caring for her sick mother. As a woman she is torn between the man she lives with and the man she can’t live without.
Cast: Rising star Ony Uhiara will play Oya. The cast also includes Adjoa Andoh, Camilla Beeput, Sheri-An Davis, John Macmillan, Cecilia Noble, Javone Prince, Abram Wilson and Ashley Walters. Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of the most exciting young playwrights of his generation. Championed by Peter Brook while still studying at Yale School for Drama, Tarell’s debut play The Brothers Size opened at the Public Theatre, New York and at the Young Vic within months of his graduation. His work is now being widely produced on both sides of the Atlantic (Royal Court; Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Seattle Rep; Southern Rep, New Orleans; Vineyard Theatre, New York and McCarter Theatre, Princeton).
Ashley Walters was named Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards in 2004 for Bullet Boy. A former member of UK garage collective So Solid Crew, Ashley’s film and television credits include Life ‘n’ Lyrics, Stormbreaker, Hustle (BBC) and The Murder of Steven Lawrence. Theatre credits include Oxford Street (Royal Court) and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (NT). New Orleans jazz trumpeter and vocalist Abram Wilson will create the soundscape of Louisiana. His music fuses reggae, rap, RnB, hiphop and jazz. He has released two solo albums Jazz Warrior and Ride! Ferris Wheel to the Modern Day Delta. He was nominated for the BBC Award for Best Band and the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act in 2005. Abram will perform Roll Jordan Roll at the Maritime Museum on the UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (23 Aug). He will play a role and perform live.
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Dates, Show Time and Locations
Main House 02 October 2008 – 08 November 2008 | Audio described performance Sat 25 October, 2.30pm | Times Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Saturday and Wednesday matinees 2.30pm Press performance Thurs 9 October 7.00pm Tickets Previews (until 8 Oct) £15.00 Weekdays and matinees £22.50 | Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8L