In the Red and Brown Water
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Caroline S. Clay

UI Theatre Building | David Thayer Theatre

Please be advised that this play contains explicit language, sexual themes, culturally charged and explicit language, the use of haze, and the use of strobe lights.

San Pere, Louisiana: Oya runs fast, but her collegiate future is placed on hold to care for her mother. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s Yerma and Yoruban cosmology, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water is a lyrical offering at the intersection of ancestral myth and ritual about a young woman’s coming-of-age navigating lovers, community, and her chosen path.

You may download a copy of our program here.

Special thanks to Paul Kalina, Mark Bruckner, Jordan Jones, and Samantha Goblirsch-Paradis for their contributions.

Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.

Purchase your tickets in advance through Hancher Box Office by calling 319-335-1160 or online through their website.
The Box Office at the Theatre Building opens one hour prior to the performance, with tickets on an as-available basis, unless the production is sold out.



IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (


IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER was originally produced by

Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA,

(Susan Booth, Artistic Director; Thomas Pechar, Managing Director).

U.K. stage premiere produced by the Young Vic Company.

World premiere of THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS produced by

the Public Theater

(Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director),

and McCarter Theatre Center

(Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director).

THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS were developed with the support of McCarter Theatre Center.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319-335-2700 or