Mission & History

A master of his craft Carlyle Brown’s rigorous, extremely theatrical work occupies a wide range of aesthetic forms.  Described by The New York Times as “one of America’s more significant Playwrights” he has a long and rich history of creating plays that dramatize historical events in a way that makes them accessible to present day audiences.  Carlyle Brown & Company was formed in 2002 around a constellation of culturally and ethnically diverse artists dedicated to the development and performance of his work in an atmosphere of collaborative co-creation.  The Company is interested in innovations in dramatic form, rich story-telling and shaping ideas into theatrical events.  Among the plays the Company has produced The Masks of Othello: A Theatrical Essay (2002) exploring the meaning of race throughout the ages in the production history of Shakespeare’s play Othello that the Star Tribune called, “A vigorous, intelligent meditation on Shakespeare, theater, race and society”; The Fula From American: an African Journey (2003) an autobiographical solo show about Carlyle’s adventures in West Africa, an African American searching of his African identity in 1981, which was noted by the Star Tribune as “outstanding New Show of 2003” and one of the “10 best plays of the year” by City Pages.  Are you now or have you ever been…, the story of Langston Hughes and his persecution before the communist witch hunting McCarthy hearings of the 1950’s was presented at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio Theater  and was one of the Star Tribune’s pick for “10 best plays of the year” of 2012.