Tarell Alvin McCraney

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An all-male boarding school serves as the starting point for Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy. During a school ceremony, tenor Pharus Jonathan Young is interrupted -- mid-solo -- by a homophobic slur.
McCraney has made an unusual journey in his life -- from the slums of Miami, where his crack-addicted mother died of AIDS and his brother ended up in jail, to writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
McCraney's multigenerational saga features realistic characters made all the more believable by director Tina Landau and her excellent cast. You connect with these people and feel their emotions.