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This Bitter Earth

Sep 22 - Oct 22, 2017

World Premiere

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A protest brings Jesse, a black man, together with his white lover, Neil, a Black Lives Matter activist. But now, as Neil immerses himself in the struggle, Jesse must confront his own political apathy or risk his rights and their love. This gripping new play asks what is the real cost of standing on the sidelines? 


By Harrison David Rivers

In partnership with Museum of the African Diaspora 






"a work of uncommon depth, nuance, and emotional impact" - Bay Area Reporter


“Both actors are sensational together ... it’s important that works like This Bitter Earth are written and seen" - Broke Ass Stuart


"a well-polished, well-executed piece of compelling theatre ... needs to be seen by audiences across the country" - Theatre Eddy's


 "NCTC’s ‘Bitter Earth’ tastes mostly sweet" - SF Chronicle


"Under the deft direction of NCTC Artistic Director, Ed Decker, both actors weave an irresistible web ... they are a joy to watch" - Theatrius


"I can’t remember another play where, after the first three lines, I was convinced that I was in for one hell of a ride" - Huffington Post


Special Events


Pay-what-you-wish Previews

Sept  22nd - 29th are preview performances and guests can purchase pay-what-you-wish tickets at the box office based on availability > learn more


 “Finding Your Activist Voice” Panel

Sept  24th @ 1pm: panel moderated by playwright Jewelle Gomez with guests: Harrison David River, playwright of This Bitter Earth, Jay Marie-Hill, artist and activist, Kwesi Wilkenson, Poet, Shaun Haines, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition > Buy tickets


Post-show talkbacks

Sept  28th with the cast, director and playwright > Buy tickets

Sept  29th with the cast, director and playwright > Buy tickets

Oct 8th with the cast and director > Buy tickets


Opening Night

Sept  30th will include a post-show celebration with bubbly and bites from Minas Brazilian Restaurant > Buy tickets


Season Producers: Norman Abramson & David Beery, Lowell Kimble

Executive Producers: Alvin Baum & Robert Holgate, Larry Vales
Ambassador Producers: Jewelle Gomez & Diane Sabin 

 Graphic Design by Klinger Creative


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