PHOTO CALL: Milk Like Sugar, With Tonya Pinkins, Opens Off-Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: Milk Like Sugar, With Tonya Pinkins, Opens Off-Broadway Milk Like Sugar, Kirsten Greenidge's play about a "pregnancy pact" between a group of inner-city teens, opened Nov. 1 at Playwrights Horizons.

The play, directed by Rebecca Taichman (The Scene at Second Stage), is a co-production between Playwrights Horizons, Women's Project and La Jolla Playhouse, where the work bowed this summer. This marks the New York City debut of the playwright.

Performances play PH's intimate 99-seat Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The limited engagement plays through Nov. 20.

Here's a look at the opening night:

The cast includes Cherise Boothe (Ruined at MTC, King Hedley II at Signature, "The Good Wife"), two-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"). Here's how PH bills the drama: "With potential for more but nowhere to put it, 16-year-old Annie's (played by 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."

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.

Playwright Greenidge also penned Bossa Nova (Yale Rep; Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award), The Luck of the Irish (Huntington Theatre Company), Rust (Magic Theatre), The Curious Walk of the Salamander, Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival), 103 Within the Veil and The Gibson Girl (Company One; Moxie Theatre).

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

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