Eisa Davis Will Star in NYC Leg of Milk Like Sugar at Playwrights Horizons

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Obie Award winner Eisa Davis will appear in the New York City premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar playing the role currently being created on the West Coast by Tonya Pinkins.

Most of director Rebecca Taichman's cast at La Jolla Playhouse in California will move to Playwrights Horizons come fall. The inner-city coming-of-age play is produced in association with La Jolla and The Women's Project.

Manhattan performances will play PH's intimate Peter Jay Sharp Theater Oct. 13-Nov. 20. Opening night is Nov. 1.

The cast will feature Cherise Boothe (Ruined at MTC, King Hedley II at Signature, "The Good Wife"), Davis (This at PH, Passing Strange, her own play Angela's Mix Tape), two-time Audelco Award nominee Angela Lewis (Inked Baby at PH, Brother/Sister Plays at The Public, Hoodoo Love), LeRoy McClain (Broadway's Cymbeline, The History Boys), J. Mallory-McCree (Zooman and the Sign at Signature), Adrienne Moore (The 24 Hour Plays) and Nikiya Mathis in her New York debut.

Read about the Aug. 30-Sept. 25 La Jolla Playhouse run of the play. Taichman's credits include Menopausal Gentlemen at Ohio Theatre, Orlando at CSC and The Scene at Second Stage.

Here's how PH bills the play: "With potential for more but nowhere to put it, 16-year-old Annie (Angela Lewis) has 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 at PH will feature scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Miranda Hoffman, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Andre Pleuss. Production stage manager is Kyle Gates.

Greenidge was recently a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow. Her work includes Milk Like Sugar (commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse/TheatreMasters), Bossa Nova (world premiere at Yale Rep and recipient of a 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award), The Luck of the Irish (world premiere at Huntington in 2012, originally commissioned by South Coast Rep and recommissioned by Huntington), Rust (Magic Theatre Company) and Sans Culottes in the Promised Land (Humana Festival).

The performance schedule is Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM & 7 PM. Single tickets, $55, will go on sale to the general public beginning Sept. 13. They may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200, or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues). Visit playwrightshorizons.com.

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