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‘The Brothers Size’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney’s in L.A. premiere at the Fountain

(l to r) Matthew Hancock and Gilbert Glenn Brown.
(l to r) Matthew Hancock and Gilbert Glenn Brown.
Ed Krieger

“The Brothers Size,” the second play in Tarell Alvin McCraney's “Brother/Sister Plays” trilogy, is on stage at the Fountain Theatre. The L.A. premiere is directed by Shirley Jo Finney, (directed award-winning production of “In the Red and Brown Water” in 2012).

“Set on the back-roads of the Louisiana bayou, The Brothers Size follows the path of the recently paroled Oshoosi Size (Matthew Hancock) as he seeks to jumpstart his life. Working in an auto repair shop for his brother Ogun (Gilbert Glenn Brown), however, was not what he had in mind. When his old friend Elegba (Theodore Perkins) rolls up, offering a different direction, Oshoosi quickly finds himself torn between his brother, his loyalties and his dreams.” This theatrical drama “weaves together the pulsing rhythms of the bayou with African Yoruba mythology to create a stylized story of love and heartache.

“Set in the fictional Louisiana bayou town of San Pere, in what McCraney calls “the distant present,” they share themes, characters and similar theatrical conventions. Dreams seep into waking life.

“Whose dream is it?” asks Finney, who received Ovation and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle directing awards for her work on “In the Red and Brown Water.” “The world of this play is set somewhere between waking and sleep and between the conscious and unconscious, in the blue-gray world where the spirit lies and heaven and earth intersect. It’s about transformation, sacrifice and brotherly love.”

“The character names in the ‘The Brothers Size’ invoke Yoruba orishas, or deities: Ogun is the god of iron-working, the patron deity of all those who use metal in their occupations. Oshoosi is the divine hunter associated with the human struggle for survival – cunning, intelligent and cautious. Elegba is the guardian of the crossroads of life, but is also well known for being the orisha of chaos and trickery who leads mortals into temptation.”

The Brothers Size opens on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and performs 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in a limited engagement that must close July 27 (dark June 19-22 and July 4). Tickets are $34 (reserved seating. On Thursdays and Fridays only, students with ID are $25. Call 323-663-1525 or visit www.FountainTheatre.com.

The Fountain Theatre is located at5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. The Fountain Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.