Sugar in our Wounds

by Donja R. Love
Originally produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, NY
Previews begin June 15, 2018


About the Premiere Production:

Synopsis: On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom, as the battle rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take the man in. Soon, an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. But is love powerful enough to set your true self free? This lyrical and lushly realized play is part of poet, filmmaker and playwright Donja R. Love’s exploration of queer love at pivotal moments in Black history. Directing is Saheem Ali (Kill Move Paradise).

Grant Statement: "All of us at Manhattan Theatre Club are grateful to the Edgerton Foundation for their enduring commitment to supporting the development of new work. The Foundation helps us give writers and directors the support they need to realize the potential of their new plays as they transition from page to stage. Past Edgerton Foundation grants have helped MTC launch pieces that have become part of the American canon such as John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, which was one of the most-produced plays in America following its successful premiere at MTC. We look forward to developing Anthony Giardina and Donja R. Love’s new plays and giving them the fully explored productions they deserve." --Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club

Director: Saheem Ali


Additional funders: Major support for The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series is provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.


Pictured: Donja R. Love (photo by Brandon Nick)

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