in the red and brown water
BY tarell alvin mccraney
DIRECTED BY caroline S. clay
Meet the cast
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Dajzané is a third-year MFA actor at the University of Iowa. Her most recent productions include West Illinois Glasshouse and Brother-Brother. She was also a part of the premiere of the Iowa New Play Festival production of Lil G: A Great Gatsby Remix, Braided Sorrow, The Bacchae: A Tragedy in One Act (from the Kneehigh Theatre), BLKS, Gwenevere, and Three to Five Days. All these productions have led her to her final mainstage show: In the Red and Brown Water. Dajzané is beyond grateful to bring this role to life! She would like to thank everyone who helped guide her to this moment, she could not have made it without you all! She is leaving her mark at the University of Iowa... AH! 

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Kylen Phillips is a second-year theatre arts & screenwriting arts major at the University of Iowa. He is very excited to be playing the role of Elegba, as this is one of the more important roles he has ever played. He has starred in productions like Macbeth and Something Rotten!. He cannot wait to show you the beauty of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s work. 

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Isaac Addai is an Artist from The Inland Empire, California. His roots are Ghanaian, African-American, and Indigenous. Telling Afrocentric narratives on stage is his pride and joy. He most recently appeared in Brother-Brother as Ndaa Okenta, and in Macbeth as Malcolm. Lastly, he would like to thank his Tribe of support both in Iowa City and around the world for walking with him the last 3 years. I love you all dearly.

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Mama Moja / Women Who Reminds You | CIANON JONES

Cianon is a first-year in the MFA Playwrights Workshop program at the University of Iowa. Earlier in the semester they played The Defendant in West Illinois Glass House by Alex Lead. Cianon is enthused to be diving into the world of In the Red and Brown Water with the wonderful cast, crew, and team.

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Aunt Elegua | ASHA KELLER*

Asha Keller is a fifth-year Theatre and Biology double major at the University of Iowa. She’s excited to be a part of her final show at the University of Iowa. Some of the past productions she’s starred in include BLKS (Spring 2022), Lil G: A Gatsby Remix (NPF 2023), Men On Boats (Fall 2023), and most recently this semester West Illinois Glass House. Asha would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support, and the entire production team for their efforts. She’s thrilled to get to play another role that pushes her outside of her box, and she’s sure you’ll lose your breath when you see it! 

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Delaney Waterman is a third-year Theatre Arts and Cinematic Arts double major at the University of Iowa. She is very excited to be in her second main stage show at the University. You might have seen her other productions through the department, including The Children’s Hour, I Saw You/New Person, Queer Horror Festival, and Symphony. As well as acting in plays here, she has also written a full-length play that was produced last semester, Reflections, and a ten-minute play for the 2023 Ten-Minute Play Festival, Secondhand Blues. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their support, and she hopes you enjoy the show! 

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E’mma Camara is a third-year Theatre and Psychology double major at the University of Iowa. E’mma is ecstatic that she gets to be in such an amazing show, and that her character, Shun, is really fun to play. This is her first mainstage at the university, but you might remember her if you saw BOOTH during last year's New Play Festival.  She hopes that you love the show as much as she does. She would also like to shoutout to her mom, because she’s the best. 

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Michael Taylor is a third-year MFA Actor at the University of Iowa. From the South Side of Chicago, Michael attended Urban Prep Englewood High School and took his talents to Jackson State University afterwards. After graduating from Jackson State in 2021, Michael decided to further his training here at UIowa. He has starred in productions such as The Bacchae and Ugly Lies the Bone. This will be Michael's last show at the University of Iowa. After graduating, Michael plans to move back home to Chicago to pursue a professional acting career. 

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The Man From State | JASPER ROOD*

Jasper is an actor at the University of Iowa. He enjoys listening to music, doing improv with his troupe the tinfoil hat committee, and a good old fashioned uncle sun run. Jasper has previously acted in Macbeth, Fathers and Sons, and Something Rotten! for the University of Iowa. Jasper has also directed for the last two Ten-Minute Play Festivals and wrote one of the Ten-Minutes this year. He would like to dedicate his performance to his little brother, Atticus. 

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Ensemble / Dance Captain | GARIN CLINTON-NELSON*

Garin Clinton Nelson is a third-year undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance along with a minor in criminology. She has been in previous works CEMPASUCHIL choreographed by Eloy Barragan and All in Response to Another Time Is Now choreographed by Tony Orrico, performed at Hancher. In this show, she is the dance captain! Working with the cast to create movements that represent the individual and the characters they are portraying. Garin is ecstatic to be working with fun charismatic individuals and sends love to everyone performing and coming to watch the show.  

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.