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Tarell Alvin McCraney is a playwright making a homecoming of sorts and as homecomings go, this one is triumphant.
Splitting his early years between Homestead and Liberty City has given him a Miami-centric perspective and the fact that he has never learned to drive has forced him to view his hometown at a speed and pace most natives never have.
He may not drive but he has learned to soar. His travels have taken him from the New World School of the Arts, to DePaul and Yale. He has recently finished a stint as the RSC/Warwick International Playwright in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in April of 2010 he became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble.
His series of “Brother/Sister” plays have been staged at the Public Theatre among other places and one of those plays, “The Brothers Size” has brought him back to Miami as he directs the Miami debut at the GableStage starting September 3, 2011. The play was awarded the first annual New York Times Playwright Award in 2009.
We had a few minutes to speak with Mr. McCraney before a rehearsal and had a chance to get this thoughts on aspirations for Theatre in Miami, his early influences and his thoughts on the Miami Transit Authority.
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