Los Angeles in the mid-nineties and twelve-year old Jackie is at a crossroads. She’s just been accepted to a private school in Brentwood, the affluent, white neighborhood that also happens to be ground zero for the O.J. Simpson murder trial. At home, the Lord is alive and well, the rent’s past due, and Momma’s boyfriend just came back to town. Sexuality and spirituality, race and class, love and violence collide as Jackie attempts to make sense of her life in relation to the women in her real and imaginary landscapes. With an astonishing mix of humor, tenderness and theatrical daring, this coming-of-age story explores the barriers that keep Jackie from finding her authentic self, and the cost of overcoming them. TUVALU reunites the playwright and director behind the acclaimed PASS OVER, which recently won the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play.
TUVALU OR, THE SADDEST SONG by Antoinette Nwandu is a recipient of the Venturous Capital Grant program and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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