CARLYLE BROWN has worked with Illusion on the shows Finding Fish and Acting Black. Other Twin Cities productions include Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, and The African Company Presents Richard III at Penumbra Theater, Beggars’ Strike at the Children’s Theater Company, the Mixed Blood production of Pure Confidence that moved to off-Broadway in New York, American Family at Park Square Theater. Other plays that have been produced across the country include The Negro of Peter the Great, A Big Blue Nail, Dartmoor Prison, The Pool Room, Yellow Moon Rising, Down in Mississippi, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been... He has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, The Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Goodman Theater, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Louisville.
Last year he was honored for Distinguished Achievement in American Theater by the William Inge Theater Festival. This summer his company, Carlyle Brown & Co, along with the Playwright’s Center and the Camargo Foundation, are convening the Afro-Atlantic Playwright’s Festival here in Minneapolis July 12-14. Carlyle is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and an alumnus of New Dramatists.
A PLAY BY BARB AND CARL
June 20th - 23rd, 2019
WRITTEN BY CARLYLE AND BARB BROWN
In March 2017, playwright Carlyle Brown's wife and dramaturg Barbara Joyce Rose-Brown had a stroke leaving her with right side weakness and unable to speak. A dramaturg had lost her access to language. A playwright had lost his dramaturg. As a way of dealing with their situation they decided to write a play. This is that play.