"★ ★ ★ ★!
Powerful & moving, with a uniformly wonderful cast." Time Out New York

“Soaring with exhilarating performances.
This play is a breath of fresh air.” Theatermania


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).
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The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series. Sugar in Our Wounds is a recipient of the 2018 Laurents / Hatcher Award and an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Major support provided by The Laurents / Hatcher Foundation. Additional support provided by the Frederic R. Coudert Foundation.

“Fantastically moving!”The New York Times
“Soaring with exhilarating performances. This play is a breath of fresh air.”Theatermania


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Sugar in Our Wounds: Legacy

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