Described as a “searing story of power, passion, and pride that confronts how doing good sometimes does little good,” The Sugar Wife debuts tonight.
Written by Elizabeth Kuti and directed by Amy Sarno, the Beloit College Theatre Production will run tonight (April 19) through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in the Neese Theatre.
Tickets are available by calling the box office at ext. 2755 Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“No one writes their name on me. Never again,” confides Sarah Worth, former American slave to her Irish host, Hannah Tewkley.
Mr. and Mrs. Tewkley are prosperous Quakers in 1850s Dublin. The Tewkleys are leaders in the Dublin Quaker meeting, and while sponsoring a speaking tour of a former-slave-turned-activist, Hannah Tewkley begins to question her own charitable work: are good works truly in someone else’s best interests? Or, is good work really an attempt to find a new slave to free? These questions rock the Tewkleys’ faith, marriage, and self-perceptions as they witness their actions reflected back to them through the relationship between Sarah and her white lover, Alfred.