Yoruban Mythology Meets Shakespeare 'In The Red and Brown Water'

February 12, 2014

Wayne State's theater department sees its latest play, “In the Red and Brown Water,” closing this weekend at the Bonstelle Theatre in Detroit.

The relatively new work from 2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney blends West African mysticism with traditional Shakespearean themes.

Director Aku Kadogo and actor Donte Jones spoke about the production with WDET’s Travis Wright. She says the playwright gave them a lot to work with this script.

Director Aku Kadogo is no stranger to Detroit audiences, having performed extensively throughout the region for many years, and having been faculty at Wayne State University. She has taught abroad at Yongin University in South Korea and NAISDA Dance College in Australia.

Tickets are available here or at 313-577-2960.Ticket Information: Regular Price $20; Discounts $15 (All students, WSU staff, WSU Alumni, Seniors (62+); Student Rush $10! (1 hour prior performance); Group Rates (15+) $10; Valentine's Day Special: 2 tickets for $29!


Oya Kadijah Perkins (Detroit, MI)

Aunt Elegua Laurice White (Detroit, MI)

Elegba Dante Jones (Detroit, MI)

Ogun Size Zyle Cook (Marcellus, MI)

Shango Donnevon Tolbert (Detroit, MI)

Egungun James Jordan (Detroit, MI)

Nia Kristin Dawn-Dumas (Detroit, MI)

Shun Tayler Jones (Detroit, MI)

O Li Roon/Man From State Jackson McLaskey (Detroit, MI)

Production Crew: Aku Kadogo (Director), Mike Waldrup (Stage Manager), Kimbra Essex (Scene Design), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director), Jessica Rushing (Property Master), Anne Suchyta (Costume Design), Amy Schneider (Light Design), Michael Hallberg (Master Electrician ), Tyler Ezell (Sound Designer).