Written with poetic verve by Harrison David Rivers, This Bitter Earth centers on Jesse and Neil, an interracial couple. Jesse, a black playwright who prefers to address bigotry through his work, is a marked contrast to his lover, Neil, a white activist committed to disruptive displays of political protest. The rising tension and attraction enveloping these two men informs the heart of the work, demonstrating that even the most sympathetic of intentions can be wrought with recriminations and assumptions. This Talvin Wilks-directed production examines the nuances of privilege and responsibility, viewing such facets not as groupthink, but as defining aspects of every individual. Love might be an undeniable force of nature, but This Bitter Earth suggests that it can never be fully cultivated without communication and understanding.