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Historical perspectives and staggering statistics collide with personal narrative, projections, Shakespeare, and original movement to give embodied expression to the complexities of living with a chronic illness. Creator Diana Wyenn, who has Type 1 diabetes, places her story and body at the center of the work, as both a carrier of disease and a vehicle for theatrical transmission. Co-written by Wyenn and Guy Zimmerman, “Blood / Sugar” challenges the binary of health and illness to create a vivid account of the life-sustaining self-care that diabetes demands of more than 422 million people worldwide. Each performance is followed by a conversation between Wyenn, the audience, and a local nutritionist and diabetes educator.
Diana Wyenn, creator & performer
Diana Wyenn & Guy Zimmerman, co-writers
John Zalewski, sound designer
Joey Guthman, lighting designer
Jason H. Thompson, video designers
Rebecca Carr, costume designer
Lauren Campedelli and Laban Pheidias, voiceovers
Plain Wood Productions, producer
Diana Wyenn is an Los Angeles-based director, dramaturg, choreographer, and curator, who consistently challenges and inspires audiences to see beyond the usual. She has collaborated with The Walt Disney Company, Center Theater Group, the LA Philharmonic, REDCAT, SummerStage, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Chalk Repertory Theatre, and Ghost Road Ensemble, among others. Wyenn is co-founder of Plain Wood Productions, Artistic Director at Temple Israel of Hollywood, and recently jumped back on stage to create and perform “Blood / Sugar,” an autobiographical solo performance illuminating and embodying global diabetes epidemic. Her work, ideas, and words have been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Howlround, The Daily Beast, LA Times, Fast Company, and on NPR. She received a BFA in Drama with Honors from NYU, and is a proud associate member of SDC. www.dianawyenn.com
Founded in 2017 and based in Los Angeles, Plain Wood Productions has produced music videos and events for Atlantic Records, Moshing On My Own, Grand Performances, and more.