WELCOME to our new web site, carlylebrownandcompany.org. Here you will discover who we are, where we are and what we are doing. In the NEWS we have a reprint from American Theatre magazine on the playwright/actor relationship with a feature on the decade’s long collaboration between myself and Minneapolis actor James A. Williams, who will play the fictive character of Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic novel, in our upcoming production of Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House, presented in the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio in March 21-April 6, 2014. Also you will find an announcement about our new play in development Finding Fish with a reading at the Playwrights’ Center on Monday, December 9, 2013, and a blog where you can follow its evolution on our development page. In the future we will keep you updated on the fabulous work of our associate artists as they create theater works both in the Twin Cities and on the national stage and study guides on our upcoming productions.
When I first came to Minnesota some twenty years ago whenever I worked in the theater I would have to get on an airplane. For years I spent time in hotel rooms, writing in coffee shops and in rehearsal studios collaborating with strangers putting up a play for an audience I would never see again, a guest who would come and go without any prospect of continuity. Over time I began to realize that what I was looking for was an artistic home. And to my surprise when I looked around to my environment I realized that the home I was looking for wasn’t a theater, but a place, the Twin Cities, the place where I live, the place where I have been nurtured and supported throughout the years. It is in this place where I can see the theater of my imagination working in an atmosphere of collaborative co-creation with colleagues I respect and admire. Out of this quixotic need Carlyle Brown & Company was formed around a core of associate artists. As we continue to grow a body of work we look toward our growing audience for a rewarding relationship that nourishes us both. Theatre is a live event. It doesn’t exist until it is performed before an audience. It is what we mean by “Company” in Carlyle Brown & Company and we invite you to be our partners in making our work. We need your support. So, join us. Sign up on our email list. Patronize our events. Make a donation. Let’s make great theatre together.
Thanks and all the best,