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New York Theatre Workshop Announces Schedule Change for ON SUGARLAND

On Sugarland is set to open at New York Theatre Workshop on Wednesday February 23, for a limited run through Sunday March 13, 2022.

New York Theatre Workshop Announces Schedule Change for ON SUGARLAND

New York Theatre Workshop announced today a change to the performance schedule for On Sugarland by Obie Award winner Aleshea Harris (Is God Is, What to Send Up When It Goes Down), directed by Obie Award winner, NYTW Usual Suspect & former 2050 Fellow Whitney White (Semblance, What to Send Up When It Goes Down) and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly (Hurricane Diane, The House That Will Not Stand). Previews, which were set to begin on Wednesday February 2, 2022, will now start on Thursday February 3 to allow the team more time for technical rehearsals. Additionally, the performance on Friday February 4 has been cancelled. On Sugarland is set to open at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Wednesday February 23, for a limited run through Sunday March 13, 2022.

Sugarland is on precarious soil-three mobile homes line a southern cul-de-sac replete with years and years of decorative folk-art treasures and keepsakes. Young Sadie calls on generations of matriarchal ancestors to find the truth about her mother while the denizens of Sugarland rise each day to holler for the dead-conscripted soldiers lost to a greedy war-in a ritual reclamation of timeless grief.

This sweeping new work from Obie Award-winning playwright Aleshea Harris (Is God Is, What to Send Up When It Goes Down) is at once a spectacular pageant and spirited meditation on remarkable people transcending difficult circumstances. On Sugarland brings joyous life to communal healing with a glorious ensemble of 14 performers in a production directed by Obie Award winner, NYTW Usual Suspect & former 2050 Fellow Whitney White (Semblance, What to Send Up When It Goes Down) and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly (Hurricane Diane, The House That Will Not Stand).

The cast of On Sugarland will include Stephanie Berry ("Fantasy Island") as Evelyn, Thomas Walter Booker ("Blue Bloods") as The Rowdy, Xavier Scott Evans ("Love Life") as The Rowdy, Mister Fitzgerald ("The Blacklist") as The Rowdy, Josh Fulton (Everybody Black) as The Rowdy, Charisma Glasper ("Russian Doll") as The Rowdy, Kai Heath (Much Ado About Nothing) as The Rowdy, Shemar Yanick Jonas ("The Equalizer") as The Rowdy, Billy Eugene Jones (A Soldier's Play) as Saul, Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Sadie, Mariyea (bloodymessysurprised) as The Rowdy, Lizan Mitchell (Cullad Wattah) as Tisha and Adeola Role ("Blue Bloods") as Odella. Caleb Eberhardt (Choir Boy) has joined the cast as Addis, replacing the previously announced Jacob Daniel Smith who has departed the production.

On Sugarland will feature scenic design by Adam Rigg (The House That Will Not Stand), costume design by Qween Jean (The Amen Corner), lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker (The Drawer Boy) and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (Sanctuary City). Original music is by Starr Busby (9 Cups in the Moon), hair & wig design by Earon Nealey (cullud wattah), fight direction by UnkleDave's Fight-House (Girl from the North Country), and dramaturgy by Lauren Whitehead (Between the World and Me). Alfredo Macias (Trouble in Mind) serves as Stage Manager.

The performance schedule for On Sugarland is as follows: Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances Friday February 4, Saturday February 5 at 2pm, Wednesday February 23, Thursday February 24, or Sunday March 13 at 7pm.

A series of For the Culture affinity events will be held at select performances. These events will include the following:

For the Culture Series Kickoff on Thursday February 3

Community Love Night on Saturday February 12

ROWDY Night on Tuesday February 15

Veteran's Night on Thursday February 17

Black Theatre Night on Saturday February 26

Single tickets for On Sugarland start at $35 and vary by performance date and time. $25 tickets are available for the first two CHEAPTIX performances on February 3rd and 5th. Tickets are available now at NYTW.org.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets are sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at NYTW.org or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of CHEAPTIX RUSH will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

NYTW is pleased to announce a new ticketing initiative for the 2021/22 season which will offer free tickets at all performances to members of our theatre community who lost work during the pandemic and may find cost a barrier to entry to attending shows and participating fully in the return to in-person performances.

A simple submission form will enable participants to select a free ticket from available locations via the NYTW ticketing system, just as they would if they were purchasing. A limited number of tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. While NYTW won't be able to accommodate every single person who would benefit from the opportunity, the theater hopes in some small way to be of service to the community as it continues to rebuild. For more information about the initiative, visit nytw.org/covid-ticket-initiative.

NYTW is committed to keeping the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff a top priority. Everyone's experience and comfort level with the pandemic will look different and NYTW is committed to a whole person approach in safety-first customer service. Changes include updates to ventilation and air filtration systems, creation of a COVID Compliance Team, flexible exchange and past-date policies. In compliance with New York City guidelines, all attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination. Masks are required at all times inside the building and theatre. For updated information about evolving COVID policies, please visit nytw.org/covid.



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