Last Night and the Night Before is one of these plays. It is gripping, gutting, delicate, hopeful, and not without a sense of humor. Donnetta Lavinia Grays weaves poetry, heartbreak and promise into a rich tapestry filled with textured characters living in complicated circumstances.
The relationships between these characters—broken, impossible, perfect—form the spine of the play. And the many incarnations of love manifested within these relationships form its soul.
The love between estranged sisters, bound by blood but separated by experience. The love between partners who know nearly everything about each other—yet still struggle to understand each other’s immutable selves. And, vitally, the love between parent and child: a sacred obligation that transcends all else.
This play explores the sacrifices that parents—both biological and chosen—are asked to make for the next generation. All in the name of love.
Welcome to Last Night and the Night Before. We hope that Valerie Curtis-Newton’s production, which bounds effortlessly back and forth between the disparate worlds of Brooklyn and rural Georgia, hits you in the gut, takes your breath away and ultimately fills your heart.