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Wed Mar 27 at 7:30 pm

Thur Mar 28 at 7:30 pm

Fri Mar 29 at 7:30 pm

at Bootleg Theater

$25 general admission

“Diana's show accomplishes what no 

billboard or pamphlet ever could." 

“A hurricane of a performance!” 

"A deep show with layers of insights,

complexities, and contradictions. I've

thought about it a lot and will con-tinue to do so.” 

“She's literally performing not only 

her own illness, but the disease itself, and it's breathtaking.” 

—Quotes from Audience Members







 Also nominated for Outstanding Direction, 

 Projection Design, and Performance! 

 What do you do when one of the interconnected systems 

 which malfunctions is your own?  

Historical perspectives and staggering statistics collide with personal narrative, live-feed video, 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 diabetes educator.


Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 pm - BUY TICKETS HERE

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm - BUY TICKETS HERE

Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm - BUY TICKETS HERE


Bootleg Theater

2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Note: Bootleg Theater is ADA accessible and there is a FREE parking lot.  


$25 - General Admission


Diana Wyenn

creator, performer, co-writer

Guy Zimmerman



John Zalewski

sound designer


Jason H. Thompson

projection designer


Joey Guthman

lighting designer


Rebecca Carr

costume designer


Lauren Campedelli

voice over


Laban Pheidias

stage manager, performer


Plain Wood Productions





“As someone who’s lived with, battled, come to peace with, battled, and finally accepted a life with type one diabetes, Diana Wyenn’s show was like a bomb going off in my heart and my head. It’s a wonderful and artistic look at a bewildering disease. Blood/Sugar was like many things diabetes: funny, complicated, frightening, sad, and ultimately… rewarding.” 

—Jim Turner, Actor and Diabetes Advocate​

“What I loved about [Blood/Sugar] was it perfectly expressed how I KNOW my patients feel, but don’t always have the words to use to articulate it.”

—Lauren Decker, Medtronic Diabetes Clinical Manager

“Diana’s powerhouse educational memoir theater piece brings to light how this disease is deeply affecting millions of lives. Not only does she make the facts and data about diabetes digestible, her courage to tell her truth has now enabled me to ask questions about her disease that I was once uncomfortable to ask before. Everyone should see Blood/Sugar.”

—Jami Brandli, Humanitas Prize-winning playwright

“Entertaining and educational, I laud Diana and the team for the amount of research they put into Blood/Sugar. It’s one of the best live performances that I have ever seen. Type 1 diabetes is not talked about enough. Blood/Sugar is a must-see!”

—Audience Member









1st work-in-progress showing of Blood/Sugar  (Mae Koo)











 Testing the new live-feed video design with Laban

What people have said

about Blood/Sugar:

“I've been diabetic for over 23 years now, but I still struggle to express what it means or how it feels to loved ones and the rest of the community. Blood/Sugar is a statement to all of those living with diabetes that you are not alone and that this work of art can start a healing dialogue between you and everyone around you. I wish that everyone gets to experience this work at least once.” 

—Audience Member w/ Type 1

“I just want to reiterate how much [Blood/Sugar] ‘spoke’ to me. I have had so much shame and fear about my disease, which started about eight years ago. I haven't even been calling it a disease until I saw this show!”

—Audience Member

"Through Wyenn’s fine acting and expert writing, I feel as though I’ve learned a tremendous amount. I will look at my own afflicted family members now in a new light. What better compliment can I give except I think I need to get checked." 

—Waeza Jagirdar, Drama Queens Review

“Diana's show accomplishes what no billboard or pamphlet ever could. Every healthcare provider working in cardiovascular disease treatment or prevention—or anyone wanting to improve our collective health—should see this show to begin to understand what it's like to live with a chronic illness and grasp that there is hope for change through our food choices.” 

—Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, Chief Nutrition Officer at Nutrinic


1st work-in-progress showing of Blood/Sugar  (Mae Koo)

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