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Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies Presents the Regional Premiere of Milk Like Sugar

Milk Like Sugar will have its regional premiere at the African Community Theatre in Ritchie Hall from Feb. 19-28 at 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. This play explores wise choices: someone must care about others enough to inform them how they may be hurting themselves or others, in order to change the cycle of abuse and avoid making the same mistake over and over.

What started as a 10-minute play eventually became a full production, which received national recognition. Milk Like Sugar won the 2011 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play. It won the 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and the 2012 Obie Award for Playwriting.

Milk Like Sugar is directed by Darryl Lewis, who was most recently seen on stage at the Stump Theater in the Performing Arts Building in the world premier musical My Heart is a Drum by Palmer, Ludwig and Redling.

"The family is the most important agent of socialization in America, especially for children,” Lewis says. “Most values are passed along from adult to child, but of course, that can only happen if an adult who cares is in the picture. But what if there is no adult? What if the adult has been hardened by a system that has beaten him or her into a state of emotional apathy for themselves and others?"

Milk Like Sugar is a play about teenage motherhood. It is Annie Desmond's 16th birthday, and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life-altering pact. When Annie tries to make good on her promise to her friends, she is forced to take a good look at the world that surrounds her. Annie is torn between keeping a promise to her friends, Talisha and Margie, and a new hope that she sees in continuing her education. In the end, her choices propel her onto an irreversible path that combines wit, poetry and hope. This play contains intense sexual themes and strong language.

Tickets are available at the box office on the days of the shows only. The African Community Theatre is located on the Kent Campus in Room 230, Ritchie Hall, 225 Terrace Dr. in Kent. To volunteer or find out more about the African Community Theatre, visit