Photo Flash: First Look at Tonya Pinkins, et al. in MILK LIKE SUGAR

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director), Women's Project (Julie Crosby, Producing Artistic Director) and La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director; Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director) present the New York premiere of MILK LIKE SUGAR, a new play by Kirsten Greenidge in her New York debut. Directed by Rebecca Taichman (Menopausal Gentlemen, Orlando, The Scene), the production has an Opening Night set for Tuesday, November 1 at 7PM. The limited engagement will play through Sunday, November 20 at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

Check out production shots from the show below!

The cast will feature the entire original World Premiere cast, which recently concluded its acclaimed run at La Jolla Playhouse: Cherise Boothe (Ruined at MTC, King Hedley II at Signature, "The Good Wife"), 2-time Audelco Award nominee Angela Lewis (Inked Baby at Playwrights Horizons, Sand at Women's Project, The Brother/Sister Plays at The Public, Hoodoo Love), Nikiya Mathis (The Brother/ Sister Plays at The Public), LeRoy McClain (Broadway's Cymbeline, The History Boys), J. Mallory-McCree (Zooman and the Sign at Signature), Adrienne C. Moore (The 24 Hour Plays) and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change; Jelly's Last Jam; Radio Golf; "All My Children").

With potential for more but nowhere to put it, sixteen-year-old Annie's (Ms. Lewis) got a choice: honor the pregnancy pact she made with her friends, or find the path to a brighter future. MILK LIKE SUGAR is a searing, sharply observant new play that finds savage humor and gritty poetry in one inner-city girl's struggle to carve out a life beyond the only one she knows.

The West Coast production received rave reviews. Writing in The Los Angeles Times, David C. Nichols called the play, "A must-see. MILK LIKE SUGAR truthfully balances street with sweet, to entertaining, illuminating and nourishing effect. The cast is marvelous!" Bob Verini in Variety called it, "Remarkable. One of the works of art for which 2011 will be remembered."

MILK LIKE SUGAR features scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Justin Townsend and original music and sound design by Andre Pluess. Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates.

The performance schedule for MILK LIKE SUGAR will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2PM & 7PM. There will be a special Monday evening performance on October 31 at 7:30 PM and a special Wednesday matinee performance on November 9 at 2PM. Tickets, $55, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

Three special performances of MILK LIKE SUGAR will offer PLAYTIME!, the new program offering affordable, professional childcare while patrons see a show. PLAYTIME! is free to Playwrights Horizons subscribers and available to non-subscribers for a flat fee of $15 per child. PLAYTIME! care will be offered during the following three performances: Sunday, October 23 at 2PM; Sunday, November 6 at 2PM; and Friday evening, November 11 at 7:30 PM. After tickets for MILK LIKE SUGAR have been purchased (through Ticket Central), PLAYTIME! childcare reservations should be made in advance online at www.PlaytimeNYC.org. This program is supported by funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation.

Reflecting Playwrights Horizons' ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company will offer HOTtix, $25 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase. STUDENT RUSH, $15 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before curtain to full-time graduate and undergraduate students. One ticket per person, per purchase. Valid student ID required.

Following MIKE LIKE SUGAR, Women's Project's 2011/2012 continues with Catherine Trieschmann's new play HOW THE WORLD BEGAN directed by Daniella Topol on her third go-round at the helm of a Woman's Project main stage. HOW THE WORLD BEGAN will grace The Peter Jay Sharp Theater December 28 through January 29. HOW THE WORLD BEGAN is a Women's Project production in association with South Coast Rep. Women's Project's third production of the season will connect theater history, current impulses and the unique vision of the 16 artists of the Women's Project Lab in a collaborative theater event entitled WE PLAY FOR THE GODS. This event will play at The Cherry Lane Theatre from June 1-24.

For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions and co-productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at www.playwrightshorizons.org.

Photo Credit: Ari Mintz

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