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Khris Davis and DeWanda Wise Begin Rehearsals for Fireflies

Saheem Ali directs the world premiere of Donja R. Love's play for Atlantic Theater Company.

DeWanda Wise and Khris Davis in rehearsal for Fireflies at Atlantic Theater Company.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

Atlantic Theater Company's world-premiere production of Donja R. Love's Fireflies has begun rehearsals ahead of performances set to begin September 26.

The Fireflies production team — Donja R. Love, DeWanda Wise, Khris Davis, and Saheem Ali — celebrate opening night.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

Saheem Ali directs Khris Davis (Sweat, Atlanta) and DeWanda Wise (Netflix's She's Gotta Have It). Fireflies is the second part of a trilogy that began with Sugar in Our Wounds, presented by Manhattan Theatre Club earlier this year.

Khris Davis and DeWanda Wise do table work during rehearsals for Fireflies.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

Fireflies is described as follows: "Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia's fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband Charles and his successful Movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles' marriage is threatened — as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that 'this world ain't no place to raise a colored child.'"

Donja R. Love and Saheem Ali lead Fireflies rehearsals.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

The creative team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), Justin Ellington (sound design), and Alex Basco Koch (projection design).

The production opens October 15 and runs through November 11.

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