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About Eve's Song

From The Public’s Emerging Writers Group alum and 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Patricia Ione Lloyd ("Pretty Hunger") and Obie Award-winning director Jo Bonney ("Mlima's Tale") comes a stunning, genre-bending new drama about the haunting of a black family in America.

In the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as queer, Deborah is trying to keep things normal at home. But as black people continue to be killed beyond their four walls, the outside finds its way in, blurring the lines between family dynamics, politics, and the spirit world. How long can family dinners keep the dangers outside at bay?

Filled with dark humor and boiling suspense, "Eve's Song" examines our present racial climate through the eyes of a regular American family.

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In today’s world, innocent young black lives are being taken — and Deborah is just trying to protect her children. Patricia Ione Lloyd’s “Eve Song” takes place amid Deborah’s messy divorce and begins shortly after her daughter has come out as queer. Right outside the four walls of their home, black men, women, and transgender people are being killed. And Deborah fears one of her kids might be next.

Following a Sundance workshop production, the world premiere of “Eve’s Song” explores racial politics in America. Ione Lloyd puts a particular focus on how women handle the current state of the world, in which the “Black Lives Matter” movement intensifies. In fact, she explains, after the Sundance staging, an audience member said that they didn’t worry about their daughter in the same way they worried about their son — until seeing the piece. “That’s not something I had articulated I wanted to happen,” explains the playwright, “but I’m so happy it did.”

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  • Playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd describes “Eve’s Song” as “a queer female version” of the 2017 Oscar-winning film “Get Out.”
  • The playwright also explained that, though her mother didn’t finish junior high school and her father didn’t finish elementary school, she was always showered with books and was a big reader as a child.
  • Patricia Ione Lloyd is a Public Theater fellow.
  • “Eve’s Song” was among The Kilroys’ fourth annual list of industry-recommended new plays by female or trans playwrights.

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110 minutes, no intermission

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425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

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