“I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.... I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about.” -Mildred Loving, 2007

Loving and Loving is inspired by the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from rural Virginia who were arrested in 1958 for the crime of being married. Their decade-long legal struggle resulted in a landmark civil rights case decided in 1967, which upheld their right to live as husband and wife and struck down all remaining state bans on interracial marriage. Beginning in the present day and delving into the historically rich 1950’s – 60’s, Loving and Loving looks at this nearly 50-year old story from a 21st Century perspective, exploring the enduringly complex nature of intimacy, identity, and the impact of the law on our most personal decisions.  

Production History

Loving and Loving had its world premiere June 11-30, 2017
A co-production with Radical Evolution and The Harold Clurman Lab Theatre
New York, NY
World premiere artistic team:
Written by Beto O'Byrne; Developed with Meropi Peponides; Directed by Tamilla Woodard; Set Design: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams; Costume Design: Sarita Fellows; Lighting Design: Alan C. Edwards; Sound Design: Mark Van Hare; Choreography: Joya Powell; Stage Manager: Arielle Rachel Goldstein*

Featuring: Caitlin Cisco*, Tia James*, Pete McElligott

Development History

June 2014. Public Reading. Harlem Arts Festival. Harlem, NY. 
Fall 2014. Developmental Workshop. Radical Evolution. New York, NY. 
Winter 2015. Reading. InkTANK festival. New York, NY. 
Summer 2016. Developmental Workshop. Radical Evolution. New York, NY.

Credits

This project has been made possible, in part, by the Puffin Foundation.

Developed with the support of Rising Circle Theater Collective at the 2014-2015 INKtank Play Development Lab for Emerging Artists of Color and and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Previous Artistic Collaborators: Jenna Bosco, Christopher Michael Burke, Deadria Harrington, Grant Harrison, Elisheba Ittoop, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Ying Le, Zoey Martinson, Grace Peñaranda, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Colette Robert, Luis Santiago, Brendon Schaefer, Lipica Shah, Kim Taff, Nicole Watson