Milk Like Sugar

Milk Like Sugar

By Kirsten Greenidge

Directed by Rebecca Taichman

Originally produced at La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA.

August 30, 2011 through September 25, 2011

About the Premiere Production

Being stuck in a dead-end town hasn't diminished the dreams of 16-year old Annie and her friends. But when they decide to create their own future by entering into a life-changing pact together, Annie begins to question what she really wants. With savage humor and gritty poetry, Kirsten Greenidge's new play explores the challenges of choosing between the safety of the life you know and the danger of the life you desire.

Artistic Statement

Milk Like Sugar provides a clear-eyed and humane portrayal of angry, desperate and all-too-human young women for whom life offers few options. It is a caustically funny, brutal, wrenching work that nevertheless presents a small balm of hope at the end. It is a relevant story that needs to be told. La Jolla Playhouse is convinced that this new play, inspired by present-day events, will not only resonate with audiences of various backgrounds, but will serve as our next major contribution to the American theatre repertoire.

Grant Statement

La Jolla Playhouse is honored to receive an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award for the 2011 world premiere play Milk Like Sugar. This award will ensure that we are able to continue our tradition of producing groundbreaking new work, despite these trying economic times. More specifically, the generous funding from the Edgerton Foundation for one extra week of rehearsal time will guarantee that this new play is as strong as possible by opening night, setting it up for success far beyond its initial run.

Director: Rebecca Taichman

Set Design: Mimi Lien

Lighting Design: Miranda Hoffman

Dramaturg: Gabriel Green

Sound Design/Composer: Andre Pluess


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November 3, 2011


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November 3, 2011


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October 7 2011


'Sugar' at center of Playhouse events


September 14, 2011


La Jolla Playhouse’s latest drama explores what happens when teens give up on big dreams

La Jolla Light

September 13, 2011


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September 13, 2011


Milk Like Sugar: Review


September 12, 2011


Theater review: 'Milk Like Sugar' at the La Jolla Playhouse

LA Times

September 8, 2011


'Sugar' has bittersweet edge

Union-Tribune Review

September 8, 2011


As Real as it Gets: Tony Award Winner Tonya Pinkins

The Chocolate Voice

September 6, 2011


Theatre preview: Growing up fast in 'Sugar'

Sign On San Diego

September 2, 2011


La Jolla Playhouse premieres pregnancy pact drama, Milk Like Sugar

North County Times

August 31, 2011


In the latest La Jolla Playhouse drama, Milk Like Sugar, the well of wisdom is often empty

La Jolla Light

August 26, 2011


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August 3, 2011


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

August 3, 2011


'Sugar' cast, and other theater news

Sign On San Diego

August 1, 2011


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San Diego Jewish Journal

August, 2011


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August 1, 2011


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July 29, 2011