SWEET by Harrison David Rivers: Friday, February 24, 7:30PM
Directed by Taylor Reynolds
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, VT 05067
Retha and Nina Baker have always been close—folding laundry together, chasing fireflies together, and enduring the summer heat together. But when their mother dies unexpectedly and their neighbor, George, returns home from college, the sisters’ relationship begins to fray and long-held desires threaten to tear them apart. Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, Sweet is a coming of age story about the sacrifices we make to hold on to the ones we love. Playwright Harrison David Rivers is the winner of a GLAAD Media Award, a McKnight Fellowship for Playwrights, a Many Voices Jerome Fellowship, a Van Lier Fellowship, an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship and the New York Stage & Film’s Founders Award. He is the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His plays include Sweet (World Premier National Black Theatre), And She Would Stand Like This (The Movement Theatre Company), Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown) and When Last We Flew (Sundance). Harrison is an alumnus of the Emerging Writers’ Group at the Public Theater. MFA: Columbia University.