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photos by Mae Koo


created & performed by Diana Wyenn

co-written by Wyenn & Guy Zimmerman

What do you do when one of the interconnected systems which malfunctions is your own? 

Blood / Sugar is a sixty minute solo performance which explores theater artist Diana Wyenn's own body and the chronic noncommunicable disease it carries—Type 1 Diabetes—as a vehicle for transmission. Inspired by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s L’intrus and actor Mark Rylance’s 2004 performance in William Shakespeare’s Richard II, Wyenn uses text, voice-over, and choreography to challenge the binary of health and illness, while searching for balance in the bardo, the liminal space between life and death. Unfolding on a rich aural landscape, Blood / Sugar weaves the personal and the existential, the historic and the artistic, the stories we tell ourselves and the truths we find hard to believe. 

All performances are directly followed by a thirty-minute discussion with local diabetes educators. 


Diana Wyenn, creator & performer

Diana Wyenn & Guy Zimmerman, co-writers & directors

John Zalewski, sound designer

Jason L Thompson & Kaitlyn Pietras, video designers

Joey Guthman, lighting designer

Rebecca Carr, costume designer
Lauren Campedelli and Laban Pheidias, voice overs

Plain Wood Productions, producer

Blood / Sugar is made possible in part by a developmental residency from LADADSpace and grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

To get involved in the future of blood • sugar, make a donation, or receive more information, email Diana.




July 20-22, 2018

Teatro Latea at The Clemente

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

post show conversation with Ellen Coonerty, RN, BSN, BA in Education, CDE

April 21, 2018
New York University's Frederick Loewe Theater

post show conversation with Ellen Coonerty, RN, BSN, BA in Education, CDE and Maria Elena Rodriguez, RD, CDN, CDE


December 10-11, 2017

REDCAT / Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

presented as part of Studio: Fall 2017

May 15, 2017
Cornerstone Theater Company 
post show conversation with Lauren Decker, MS, RD, CD and Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD

February 24 & 25, 2017
Highways Performance Space​ (first workshop showing)

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