Barbecue / Bootycandy (Tcg Edition) (Paperback)
A dual volume from the imaginative and innovative mind of Robert O’Hara, Barbeque and Bootycandy both eagerly dispose of traditional play structure while simultaneously relishing in the medium’s inherent theatricality. Both of these subversive, uproarious plays crash headlong into the intersection of family confrontation and self-actualization, reminding us of the fine, fuzzy line between pain and pleasure.
Bootycandy originally premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2011 with a subsequent Off-Broadway production at Playwrights Horizons in the fall of 2014. Barbecue premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in the fall of 2015.
About the Author
Robert O'Hara is a playwright and director. His play Antebellum received a world premiere production from Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, and earned him a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. He reworked The Wiz for its revival at La Jolla Playhouse. He wrote and directed the world premiere of Insurrection: Holding History (Public Theater, Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play). As a director, he received an Obie Award for his direction of In the Continuum (Primary Stage/Perry Street Theater) and an NAACP Best Director Award for Eclipsed. He directed the world premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays (McCarter Theatre, The Public Theater), and has also directed at Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, American Conservatory Theatre, Magic Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Goodman Theatre, and many others. He has written films for Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Jon Avnet, HBO, ABC, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, New Line/Fine Line Cinema and Artisan Entertainment. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
“O’Hara is a genius at scene-building, that deceptively difficult art of dancing backward and forward at once, and is also inerrant at locating the social experience of his plays at the intersection of voyeurism and minstrelsy…A hysterical new play.”
—Jesse Green, Vulture on Barbecue
“A searing and sensationally funny comedy about the sometimes poisonous attitude toward homosexuality in black culture…Bootycandy is as raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative.”
—Charles Isherwood, New York Times on Bootycandy