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Two teenagers from opposing communities fall in love and face adult consequences for their youthful indiscretions. From that synopsis, audiences might think Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is getting ready to present a new production of Romeo and Juliet. Actually, the company is staging an entirely new work, Lights Rise on Grace, which shares some overlapping themes with Shakespeare’s tragedy. Chad Beckim’s world premiere centers around Grace, the daughter of Chinese immigrants who falls in love with Large, a young black man. Though their relationship progresses quickly, it’s halted by Large’s sudden disappearance. When he returns six years later, the couple attempts to pick up where they left off, but a third party who befriends both of them confuses the situation. Emotional turmoil ensues, and as the characters discover that they can’t leave their pasts behind, the play turns from a passionate love story to a study of an unconventional family that forms in the least expected place. The play runs March 30 to April 26 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35–$68. (202) 393-3939. woollymammoth.net.