by: Donald Jolly
directed by: Jon Lawrence Rivera
"To ignore history is to impede understanding of its ongoing impact, and therefore the course of progress. That is the determined aim of "bonded," playwright Donald Jolly's unsparing study of homosexuality within the legacy of slavery." Los Angeles Times
Ovation Nominated


A re-imagined slave narrative set in 1820. Sonny, Lily and Jack are the last remaining slaves on a crumbling, cash-strapped Virginia farm. When Asa, a “house boy” from New York, is brought in to help in the fields, repressed desires and memories of loss are unlocked, forcing Sonny and the other slaves to face their bridled passions and test the limits of the cruel world as they know it. This play is about four people who are simply trying to endure. And then what happens when Sonny and Asa fall for each other

  • starring: Eric B. Anthony, Terrence Colby Cleons, Carl Crudup and Toyin Moses
  • scenic designer: John H. Binkley
  • lighting designer: Adam Blumenthal
  • costume designer: Mylette Nora
  • sound designer: Bob Blackburn
  • stage manager: Daniel Reano-Koven
  • assistant director: Virginia Grise
  • producer: Diane Levine

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