"Every love story is a potential grief story," Julian Barnes writes in Levels of Life, a quirky but ultimately powerful meditation on things that uplift us — literally, as in hot air balloons, and emotionally, as in love — and things that bring us crashing to earth: to wit, that great leveler, the death of a loved one.
McCraney in rehearsal for <em>The Brother/Sister Plays </em>at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he's a member of the ensemble.
Credit Mark Campbell / Steppenwolf Theatre
Jeremy Pope and Chuck Cooper were pupil and principal in <em>Choir Boy</em> at Manhattan Theatre Club this summer. The play is among the work that led to today's recognition of playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney by the MacArthur Foundation, which hands out a raft of so-called "genius grants" each year.