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Full Casting Announced for Manhattan Theatre Club's Sugar in Our Wounds

The company presents the world premiere of Donja R. Love's new play.

Chinaza Uche and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart will star in Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Donja R. Love's Sugar in Our Wounds.
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Manhattan Theatre Club has announced full casting for the world premiere of Donja R. Love's new play Sugar in Our Wounds, running June 5-July 8 at New York City Center – Stage II, with opening night set for June 19. Saheem Ali directs.

Stephanie Berry, Sheldon Best, Fern Cozine, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and Chinaza Uche will star in the production. The creative team will include Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Palmer Hefferan (sound design), Michael Thurber (original music), Darrell Grand Moultrie (movement), and Cookie Jordan (hair & makeup design).

The show is described 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 (Fireflies and In the Middle in addition to Sugar in Our Wounds) and Soft; or, The Dead N***** Poem.

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