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News Off-Broadway Gets Bootycandy! Sex-Education Comedy About Growing Up Gay and Black Begins Tonight Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of Bootycandy, a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, beginning Aug. 22, prior to an official opening Sept. 10.

Phillip James Brannon
Phillip James Brannon Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

The limited engagement plays through Oct. 12 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater at 416 West 42nd Street.

The cast includes three-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Jessica Frances Dukes (Insurrection: Holding History), Phillip James Brannon (The City of Conversation, Belleville, Love and Information), Jesse Pennington (Rodney's Wife and Franny's Way at PH; Richard II), Benja Kay Thomas (Insurrection: Holding History, Unspeakable, Pearl's Gone Blue) and Lance Coadie Williams (New York debut).

According to Playwrights Horizons, "Sutter (Phillip James Brannon) is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms and even nursing homes. A kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and black, Robert O'Hara's subversive, uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and… Bootycandy."

The production features scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Lindsay Jones and projection design by Aaron Rhyne. The production stage manager is Marisa Levy.

Bootycandy had its world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) in June 2011.

Playwrights Horizons' Arts Access program's LIVEforFIVE makes available a limited number of $5 tickets for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company's website. The LIVEforFIVE lottery for Bootycandy are for Aug. 22 at 8 PM.

Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues). For tickets, call (212) 279-4200 or visit For more information, visit

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