Shedding Load (Off-Broadway, 59E59 Theater C, 2023) | Playbill

Shedding Load


Produced by The Varsity Theatre Company


On July 13, 1977, lightning struck three times in the New York area causing a city-wide blackout. In the following hours rioters destroyed multiple city blocks, millions of dollars’ worth of property, and the dreams of one Bushwick family. With their store and livelihood burned to the ground, they rely on each other to stay hopeful among the ruins.

Shedding Load follows this family, from 1938 to 2014, as they uncover long-kept family secrets, confront generational trauma, and face the fallout of how a singular event can alter a neighborhood forever.

Directed by Mia Walker

Cast Includes David Belleville, Marlina Devery, Dominique Lawson, Derrick John Marshall, Renrick Palmer, Robyne Parrish, Eric Ruffin, Portland Thomas, Teddy Trice, Nick Trotta


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