Experience BLOOD/SUGAR ,
an award-winning play challenging the global diabetes crisis.
"She's literally performing not only her own illness
but the disease itself, and it's breathtaking!"
What is Blood/Sugar?
This award-winning autobiographical thrill ride takes you through the roller coaster that is diabetes. Cutting through the commonly held myths, misconceptions, and stigma surrounding diabetes in all its forms, Blood/Sugar reveals how together we can collectively put a stop to the escalating diabetes pandemic and heal more than just our bodies.
Diagnosed in London at the age of 20, Wyenn’s first response was to resist immediate treatment in order to make it to the theater on time. Now, after more than fifteen years of grappling with diabetes, her relationship with her illness has progressed from denial to a powerful authority over her own well-being. Complete with rich projections, text, and dance, Blood/Sugar weaves the personal with the existential, and the historical with the expressive, to give embodied expression to the complexities of chronic illness and illuminate the day-to-day choices that shape the lives of more than 422 million people worldwide.
Who made Blood/Sugar?
created and directed by Diana Wyenn
developed in collaboration with Lauren Campedelli, Rebecca Carr, Joey Guthman, Laban Pheidias, Aaron Saldaña, Jason H. Thompson, John Zalewski, and Guy Zimmerman
written by Diana Wyenn and Guy Zimmerman
performed by Diana Wyenn and Laban Pheidias
voiceover by Lauren Campedelli
video design by Jason H. Thompson
sound design by John Zalewski
costume design by Rebecca Carr
live broadcast by PXT Studio
produced by Plain Wood Productions
The development of Blood/Sugar as a virtual production was made possible in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.