Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol Star in New York Premiere of Tough Titty, Beginning April 23

The New York premiere of Tough Titty, by the late, award-winning playwright Oni Faida Lampley, is presented April 23-May 11 at the Paradise Factory in the East Village.

Christine Toy Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson (Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson)

Produced by Ami Brabson and Emmy and Obie Award-winning actor Andre Braugher, the production is directed by Awoye Timpo.

The cast features Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol, Victor Williams, Nikkole Salter, Elizabeth Van Dyke and Ami Brabson.

In Tough Titty, according to press notes, a "woman's breast cancer diagnosis propels her on a journey of self-discovery… When Angela's routine cannot keep breast cancer at bay, she must learn to face the disease, her family and her community with equal doses of tenacity and humor. Richly emotional, Tough Titty is a boisterous exploration of one woman's willful search for grace."

The play premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and made Ms. Lampley a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

The creative team also includes Brooke Cohen (costume design), Aaron Porter (lighting design), Jason Sherwood (set design), Beth Lake (sound design), Alanna Maniscalco (props master), Allison Bressi (line producer), Aneesha Kudatarkar (assistant director), Jenney Shamash (assistant producer), Michelle Heller (production stage manager), Kryssa Bowman (assistant stage manager), Jeff Englander (lighting programmer), Abigail Rose Solomon (marketing) and Eric Emch (show artwork).

Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7 PM with an additional show May 5 at 8 PM.

The production will donate two dollars from each ticket sold during four preview performances, April 23-26, to Susan G. Komen Greater New York City.

Paradise Factory is located at 64 East 4th Street. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at or by phone at (212) 868-4444.