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Donja R. Love's Sugar in Our Wounds Extends

Saheem Ali directs the new play for Manhattan Theatre Club.

Chinaza Uche and Sheldon Best 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 extended its world premiere production of Donja R. Love's Sugar in Our Wounds through July 15 at New York City Center – Stage II. The extension includes an LGBTQ Theater Night on Friday, July 13, and a Black Theatre Night on July 15.

Stephanie Berry, Sheldon Best, Fern Cozine, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, and Chinaza Uche star in the production, which Saheem Ali directs. The creative team includes 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 and 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."

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