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Set in 19th-century Dublin, The Sugar Wife is the last play of the Beloit College theatre season. Performances take place from Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21 and from Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in the Neese Performing Arts Complex’s Kresge Theatre.
Written by English actress/playwright Elizabeth Kuti and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Amy Sarno, The Sugar Wife is a searing story of power, passion and pride that confronts how good deeds sometimes do little good.
Taking place in 1850s Dublin, the play centers on prosperous Quakers named the Tewkleys who have made their fortune in the tea and sugar trade and now use their wealth to support abolition in America. Mr. and Mrs. Tewkley 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 their former American slave and her white lover, Alfred.
The Sugar Wife stars Caitlyn de Araujo’13 as Hannah Tewkley, Michael Kreiser’13 as Samuel Tewkley, Nzingha Hall’14 as Sarah Worth, Ben Vogt’14 as Alfred Darby, and Marian Whitaker’14 as Martha Ryan.
Tickets are $8.50 for regular admission, $5 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $4 for students. To order tickets, call the box office at 608-363-2755. The box office is open from 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.