Based on a novel Sapphire called "wild and true," UPSTATE brings new energy and authenticity to the stage in a world premiere from MPAACT. A coming-of-age story told through a series of letters, UPSTATE chronicles the trials of Natasha and her sweetheart Antonio, who is "upstate" serving time in prison. Both from Harlem, the two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship alive even as their paths diverge. At a time when movements like "Black Lives Matter" are central to the national conversation, UPSTATE is vital exploration of hard decisions and the importance of individual human connections. Carla Stillwell directs Aaron Todd Douglas' adaptation of Kalisha Buckhanon's acclaimed novel.