Off-Broadway’s Bootycandy Will Make Chicago Premiere

News   Off-Broadway’s Bootycandy Will Make Chicago Premiere
The popular Off-Broadway show, about growing up gay and black, is part of Windy City Playhouse’s third season.
Jesse Pennington and Phillip James Brannon
Jesse Pennington and Phillip James Brannon Joan Marcus

Chicago’s Windy City Playhouse has announced its third season, which will feature the Chicago premiere of Robert O’Hara’s coming-of-age story Bootycandy, which was seen Off-Broadway in 2014.

“In this third season, we’ll be taking some new risks artistically—pushing the boundaries, embracing edginess, and exploring new definitions of entertainment, all while maintaining the artistic quality our audiences have come to know and love,” said Windy City artistic director Amy Rubenstein. “We look forward to working with a range of new artists who will help ensure that our patrons receive a holistic experience in our unique space.”

Playwright O’Hara will again direct the semi-autobiographical work, about growing up gay and black. Performances begin January 25, 2017.

In May, the Playhouse will present the Chicago premiere of Fernanda Coppel’s King Liz, a wise-cracking portrait of a woman in a man’s world, directed by Joanie Schultz. The sports drama, which had its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in 2015, is currently being developed as a series for Showtime. Performances begin May 24, 2017.

The season will close in September with Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw, directed by Scott Weinstein. Beginning September 20, 2017, the play follows “a newlywed couple who can’t help but fix up two romantically challenged friends; when an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play.”

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