Aesthetically Speaking

A Brown Tale: Capri Theater brings the highly lauded play to West Broadway

james t alfred“A Brown Tale,” an auto-biographical one-man play by acclaimed actor James T. Alfred, is now playing at the historic Capri Theater on West Broadway in north Minneapolis.

The show opened on Sept. 6 and will run Thursday through Sunday until Sept. 21. Directed by Lou Bellamy and written and performed by Alfred, “A Brown Tale” premiered to rave reviews last September at Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul.

Alfred describes “A Brown Tale” as a comedic coming-of-age narrative of a young African-American male from the south side of Chicago. The tapestry of stories woven together creates the journey through Alfred’s childhood to adult life. The story explores the impact that community has on an individual’s personal development.

“This show is the first multi-week theatrical run at the Capri, and we’re thrilled that James T. Alfred has brought ‘A Brown Tale’ to north Minneapolis and West Broadway,” said Karl Reichert, artistic director for the Capri. “We’ve heard nothing but praise for this show during the opening weekend, and its one not to miss. Through his one-man show James brilliantly brings so many characters to life. He is an extraordinary storyteller, presenting his stories in ways that connect personally with everyone in his audience.”

Theatergoer Dudley Voigt attended the opening night performance at the Capri and said the audience erupted in wave after wave of laughter as Alfred embodied different people from his childhood. She described the production as well-written, funny and at times, unexpected.

“I’m excited to see this type of collaboration between the Capri and Penumbra Theatre. I hope to see more of it,” said Voigt.

Chicago native James T. Alfred is a Harvard-trained, award-winning actor and was last seen as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Guthrie Theater in Katori Hall’s “Mountaintop.” Alfred’s other Twin Cities credits include “Fences,” “Two Trains Running,” “RedShirts” and Ma Rainey’s “Black Bottom.” Alfred played Kenya Taylor on the acclaimed STARZ original series “BOSS” starring Kelsey Grammer.

Tickets for “A Brown’s Tale” are $32 for adults, $28 for senior citizens and $20 for students. Tickets are on sale and are available online at or by calling TicketWorks at (612) 343-3390. Tickets also available at the door. Please note. “A Brown Tale” contains strong language and is not appropriate for children under 13.

September 11, 2014
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