Manhattan Theatre Club presents this lyrical new play, Donja R. Love's exploration of queer love at a pivotal moment in black history. More…
On a plantation, 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?
See it if you would respond to an intimate piece exploring a topic that is rarely explored or thought about in any medium
Don't see it if you want your historical fiction to be an effective mirror of the time period it is rooted in
See it if Well done story of a time that was long ago but might not feel that long ago. Wonderful acting by all five.
Don't see it if you don't want to get close to a family 150 years ago.
See it if You love good drama and great acting. A powerful story of true love. One of the best plays I seen in a long time. Not to be missed!
Don't see it if You are not a fan of intense dramas. This is about the horrors and brutality of slavery in the days at the start of the Civil War.
See it if You want to be truly touched by brilliant writing, acting, staging. The subject matter was and is relevant for the past 200+ yrs.
Don't see it if You have no interest in contemplating how history has impacted the human spirit & how human beings are consistently human.
See it if You're tired of gay plays automatically being about white people with the same 2-3 problems.
Don't see it if You're expecting something truly new. Or you get frustrated when a historical play uses modern languages/attitudes.
See it if You want to have your mind blown! It was a roller coaster of emotions but so good that you felt everything the characters felt.
Don't see it if There were many funny and light hearted moments but the overall subject was very intense and made you think a lot
See it if You want a new take on Southern and/or LGBT history. It’s heart-breaking. My one critique is it’s a bit talky.
Don't see it if You’re not able to consider others peoples lives.
See it if You are interested in an unusual examination of gay love during slavery written by a young, ambitious, talented playwright.
Don't see it if you're homophobic
See it if A piece of history that is unknown and beautifully shared which stirs the heart! Ultimately Love Heals & the written words performed so well
Don't see it if If you have no interest in history or authentic love by the same sex.
See it if Well crafted story of survival and trying to find peace and dignity in circumstances that are set to oppress, demean and destroy.
Don't see it if If watching 1 episode of "Roots" was enough and Black History month makes your eyes glaze over.
See it if you are ready to enter a very different world from ours, in order to gain deeper insight into the promise & heartbreak of our world.
Don't see it if you don’t like poetry in the theater, or supernatural elements, or a mythic landscape, no matter how skillfully handled.
See it if you enjoy a well written period piece (set in the South 1862) about slavery, love, spirituality family. Equally humorous and horrific.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy gay oriented slave stories
See it if You like extraordinary, resonant language, superb, acting and directing, and a topic yet to be explored onstage. Don't miss this.
Don't see it if You want to be merely entertained. This is a glorious challenge in the best possible way.
See it if I don’t care who you are, see this please. All the elements of great theatre merge together to create a play full of power and beauty.
Don't see it if You get triggered by some really hard topics having to do with slavery, but it is done tastefully and truthfully, I promise.
See it if You enjoy plays that don’t fit neatly into one genre, and like elements of surrealism wrapped around historical narratives
Don't see it if You only enjoy light-hearted plays (this one’s got plenty of laughs, but that’s not all it is)
See it if You'd like to see a representation of queer black life in the Civil War South on the stage, even if it's cliched and anachronistic.
Don't see it if You're expecting historical accuracy about the very different ways what we'd now call queer sexuality was talked/thought of 150 years ago.