The Sol Project Will Present the World Premiere of Guadalís Del Carmen's BEES AND HONEY
The Sol Project, the national theater initiative dedicated to amplifying Latinx voices and building a body of work for the new American theater, is proud to announce the world premiere of Bees and Honey by Guadalís Del Carmen, directed by Melissa Crespo (¡Figaro! (90210)), produced in partnership with LAByrinth Theater Company (John Ortiz, Artistic Director). Performances at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) will begin March 27, 2020 and run through April 25, 2020. Opening night is set for Monday, April 6, 2020. Tickets are now on sale at www.labtheater.org/season.
The Sol Project's Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón said, "The Sol Project is honored to continue our work in partnership with the trailblazing LAByrinth Theater Company and bring this stunning new American play to life. Bees and Honey announces the arrival of a powerful and singular new voice in the American theater - Guadalís Del Carmen is a star on the rise."
Inspired by the Juan Luis Guerra song "Como Abeja Al Panal," Bees and Honey by Guadalís Del Carmen is an intimate portrait of a Dominican couple's love and dreams in New York City. Manuel and Johaira meet at a Washington Heights club and it was love at first sight. Now married, the ambitious young couple set out to achive their dreams together. Manuel's entrepreneurial spirit drives him to expand his mechanic shop, while Johaira lands a career-defining sexual assault case that could help her make partner at her law firm. As the high-profile trial takes its toll on Johaira, she also begins to question whether her husband will ever outgrow his old school mentality. Adding in Manuel's ailing mother and an unforeseen tragedy, the pair must reckon with how their love is put to the test.
Playwright Guadalís Del Carmen shared, "Bees and Honey was born partly from a lifetime of watching novelas, and partly from the lack of love stories with people that look like me. But mostly, this story was born because I'm a romantic, no matter how many thug tears I shed... Inspired by Juan Luis Guerra's hit song, 'Como Abeja al Panal,' Bees and Honey is about love, the good and the bad, all mashed up into a plate of mangú. I'm beyond grateful to LAByrinth Theater for embracing this story from the jump, and The Sol Project for championing this play from its inception."
The creative team for Bees and Honey includes scenic design by Shoko Kambara (Animals Out Of Paper), costume design by Lux Haac (Native Gardens), lighting design by Christina Watanabe (pathetic) and sound design by Fan Zhang (Paris). The production stage manager is Erin Cass (Turn Me Loose).
Bees and Honey was part of The Sol Project's inaugural summer play festival, SolFest, in 2018 and went on to be developed at LAByrinth Theater Company's Summer LAB Intensive 2019 and subsequently received a reading as part of LAB's 20th annual Barn Series in January 2020. Bees and Honey was also was named to The Kilroys List 2019, one of 33 most recommended un- and underproduced new plays by women, trans, and non-binary authors. It was also selected by the 50 Playwrights Project in 2019 as one of eight top unproduced plays by Latinx playwrights in the country.
Tickets range from $35-40. The performance schedule for Bees and Honey is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm; Thursday and Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm & 7pm; and Sunday at 2pm.
More information on LAB's history is available at www.labtheater.org/history