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Sugar in our Wounds

Apr 3 - May 10, 2020

By Donja R. Love
Directed by ShawnJ West

West Coast Premiere

The mystical tree was ancient long before the plantation grew around it. With roots that have outlived generations and branches extending past the heavens, it has borne witness to heartbreak, slavery, and death. But underneath this same tree, the gentle and expressive James finds a love that feels like freedom with the passionate and rebellious Henry. Powerful and deeply poetic, Sugar in Our Wounds explores the untold story of queer love at a crossroads in Black history.


By Donja R. Love | Directed by ShawnJ West


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"...fantastically moving... written in lush, poetic dialect" - The New York Times


"A sense of history, complexity, and profound love" - Theatremania


"It is an artistic, literary and conceptual triumph" - The Fordham Observer




Donja R. Love is an AfroQueer playwright, poet and filmmaker from Philadelphia. He’s the recipient of the 2018 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow, a Eugene O’ Neill 2017/2018 National Playwrights Conference finalist, The Lark’s 2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellow and The Playwrights Realm’s 2016–17 Writing Fellow. His work has been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Lark and The Playwrights Realm. He’s the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, which helps build community and provide visibility for LGBTQ People of Color.


Season Producers: Alvin Baum & Robert Holgate, Michael Golden & Michael Levy, Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker

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