Saheem Ali will direct the world premiere of Donja R. Love's Sugar in Our Wounds as part of MTC's 2017-18 off-Broadway season.
Saheem Ali will direct the world premiere of Donja R. Love's Sugar in Our Wounds as part of MTC's 2017-18 off-Broadway season.
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Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the world premiere of Sugar in Our Wounds, a new play written by Donja R. Love and directed by Saheem Ali, as part of MTC's upcoming 2017-18 season. The show will begin previews May 22, 2018, ahead of a June 5, 2018, opening at the Studio at New York City Center - Stage II.

The show is described in a press release as follows: "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."

Love is the cofounder of the Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ people of color. His other stage plays include the Love* Plays (Sugar in Our Wounds, Fireflies, In the Middle) and Soft; or the Dead N—-- Poem.

The cast and creative team for Sugar in Our Wounds will be announced at a later date.

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