WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
"You know I suppose to 'a been dead. Sugar is complicated, like love, full of pleasure and pain. It's complicated, gives you energy and can eat you up from the inside out."
So begins award-winning theater artist Robbie McCauley's autobiographical solo show about living with "a little bit of sugar" — diabetes, a disease that affects many Americans and many more African-Americans. Directed by Maureen Shea with music by Chauncey Moore and projections by Mirta Tocci, Sugar looks at everything there is to see about sugar, from slavery to colonialism to American mythologies to racism and diabetes. Against the backdrop of her own remarkable life as an internationally acclaimed performance artist, Sugar is also a chronicle of McCauley's life as a child in the Jim Crow South and as a young actress in the vibrant theater scene of 1960s-1970s NYC.