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THE BROTHERS SIZE

SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2024

written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Anthony Mark Stockard

NSU Theatre Company celebrates Founders Week 2024 with encore performances of The Brothers Size. The Brothers Size is the first production in Norfolk State University history to be invited to perform at the International Black Theatre Festival or to win national awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The story transforms West African Warrior Gods into everyday men as we follow the recently paroled Oshoosi as he seeks to jumpstart his life in the Louisiana bayou.  When Oshoosi’s old friend Elegba shows up, offering a path to the good life, Oshoosi quickly finds himself torn between strict guidance from his older brother Ogun, his loyalty to Elegba, and his dreams. Flights of poetry, music and West African mythology slam together in a visceral tale that begins in ritual and evolves into a hot-blooded, tough and tender drama.  Don’t miss this historic revival production!

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REVIEW OF PROFESSOR STOCKARD'S
ORIGINAL 2014 PRODUCTION:


"Under Anthony Stockard's capable direction, featuring a tight ensemble, the production took otherwise commonplace themes of the search for manhood, and the meaning of brotherhood, freedom, and friendship to new heights.

Stockard keeps the action flowing smoothly throughout the play's many scene changes, all done flawlessly with shifts of furniture, affording each of his actors humanizing moments of sometimes coarse humor that mix well with the ritualistic elements of high seriousness as the brothers come to grips with things that matter most: their own brotherly bond and the ultimate realization for both that manhood requires compassion and understanding.”

– Michael Howley,  American Theatre Critic’s Association Member

About

NSU's Nationally Acclaimed, Award-Winning Theatre Company

Under the direction of award-winning actor, director and educator Professor Anthony Mark Stockard, NSU Theatre Company is the producing organization for theatrical productions at Norfolk State University.  The company has garnered wide-spread audience acclaim, multiple national honors and awards for excellence.

The mission of Norfolk State University Theatre Company is to serve as cultural ambassadors for Norfolk State University and diversify theatrical offerings within our region. This mission is accomplished by providing University students and the community with professional-grade theatrical experiences that are about or told through the lens of people from the African diaspora.

In 2016, NSU Theatre Company became the first HBCU Theatre Program and one of few undergraduate programs in the nation to form a professional partnership agreement with a professional Equity company.  This partnership with Virginia Stage Company provides annual professional collaborations and training opportunities for participants. Since then, similar partnerships have been established with Virginia Arts Festival and Zeider's American Dream Theatre.

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER! DISTINGUISHED
PERFORMANCE BY AN
ACTOR IN A PLAY

Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival

Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER! DISTINGUISHED
PERFORMANCE &
PRODUCTION ENSEMBLE

The HBCU Awards

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER!

BEST FINE ARTS PROGRAM

The National Black

Theatre Festival

MULTIPLE NATIONAL SELECTIONS!

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL
SELECTION

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER!
SUSTAINED EXCELENCE
FOR UNDERGRADUATE
ACTING TRAINING

University Resident
Theatre Association

Norfolk Theatre Festival

HISTORIC INAUGURAL PARTICIANT! OFFICIAL FESTIVAL

PRODUCTION

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Artistic Director Info

Professor Anthony Stockard
Producing & Managing Artistic Director
757.823.2897
amstockard@nsu.edu
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