Read our four-star review of Bees and Honey, written by Guadalís Del Carmen and directed by Melissa Crespo, off Broadway at MCC Theater through June 11.
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MCC Theater continues its Off-Broadway season with Bees and Honey, a new work by Guadalís Del Carmen that tugs at the heartstrings. Get Bees and Honey tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
Bees and Honey isn't a musical, but it is based on a song: Juan Luis Guerra's "Como Abeja Al Panal," which translates to "like a bee to the honeycomb." The song tells the story of a forbidden love between two people who are nonetheless strongly drawn toward each other, declaring their passion against all odds.
The Bees and Honey play tells a slightly different story, focusing on a married couple, Manuel and Johaira, who live in Washington Heights. As they enter new stages in their lives — with both on the brink of career milestones, while also dealing with a sudden tragedy — they also face new challenges, forcing them to find out whether love alone is enough to keep their relationship alive.
Del Carmen makes her Off-Broadway debut with Bees and Honey in New York. Her other plays include Not For Sale, My Father’s Keeper, and Daughters of the Rebellion, and she also founded and currently co-leads Latinx Playwrights Circle NYC.
Director Melissa Crespo is likewise a multi-hyphenate, having worked as a playwright and co-founded 3Views on Theater, a website that publishes diverse critical reviews on shows. She makes her own Off-Broadway directorial debut with Bees and Honey.
The Sol Project co-produces Bees and Honey off Broadway (alongside MCC) after presenting its first staged reading at its 2018 SOLFest. The organization is dedicated to works by Latin American playwrights.
Bees and Honey tickets are available now.
Cast and creative
By: Guadalís Del Carmen
Director: Melissa Crespo
Producer: MCC Theater and The Sol Project Cast list: Maribel Martinez (as Johaira and Xavier Pacheco (as Manuel)
Design: Shoko Kambara
Costumes: Devario D. Simmons
Lighting: Reza Behjat
Sound: Germán Martínez
Other info: Original music by Dilson, intimacy and fight direction by Teniece Divya Johnson