THE STORY: Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. It lights the way for a pregnant Olivia, whose fiery speechwriting is the sole force behind her charismatic husband, Charles, in a successful movement galvanizing coloreds to march towards their freedom. But hate attempts to extinguish their blaze after four little girls are bombed in a Birmingham church. As she struggles with her sexuality, tragedy and years of civil unrest leaves Olivia to believe “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child.”
“Unearthing the role of gay black people in American history is a crucial proposition. …I was moved by Mr. Love’s willingness to imagine…other kinds of lives than the ones that history books offer.” —NY Times. “…a play about the landscape of internalized trauma. …This is language as lush catharsis, language as endurance, language as empowerment… it feels like going to church…”
—NY Mag. “A jaw-dropping and explosively dramatic two-hander… a powerful tale of love flashing its light in the dark. …FIREFLIES is a drama of extraordinary depth and complexity… Love thrillingly crafts an intimate story that comes to feel cosmic in its enormity by the end.” —TheaterMania.com.