Bootycandy: Outrageous Lessons in Sex Education at Woolly Mammoth
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The last date listed for Bootycandy was Sunday July 3, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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Robert O’Hara took home a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Antebellum, and he’s cooking up an even saucier dish for us now. This kaleidoscope of sassy lessons in sex education speaks the truth about growing up gay and African American. With outrageous humor and real heart, it tests how we talk about our bodies at home, in church, and on the corner.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s production of Bootycandy will be the world premiere for the play. Inspired by a series of short plays that O’Hara created for NewYork’s Partial Comfort Productions in 2003, Bootycandy incorporates existing material with brand new scenes.
“I’m thrilled to continue Woolly Mammoth’s relationship with Robert that started with In the Continuum and Antebellum,” says Woolly Mammoth Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz. “Bootycandy represents a much more playful romp into Robert’s obsessions. In a series of hilarious and provocative sketches, it ingeniously manipulates the way we perceive language, sexuality, and the labels we place on ourselves and others. We’ve encouraged Robert, in this newest work, to test the limits of taste and acceptability as a final sendoff to our season entitled ‘a striptease of your subconscious.’”
Robert O’Hara received 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for Antebellum and an OBIE Award for his Direction of the World Premiere of the critically acclaimed In the Continuum at Primary Stages. He wrote and directed the world premiere of Insurrection: Holding History at the New York Shakespeare Festival. The piece received the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play and was subsequently published by both TCG and Dramatist Play Service. Recent directing credits include McCarter Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival: world premiere of Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2); Magic Theatre: Tough Titty; CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre: Eclipsed; Alliance Theatre: A Life In The Theater; City Theatre: Brother Size. ACT/Zeum recently produced his play, Good Breeding. He rewrote The Wiz (Revival at LaJolla Playhouse directed by Des McAnuff). His plays, which include Brave Brood and American Maul, have been produced around the World and he has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, NEA/TCG Fellowship, a Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists, the First Mark Taper Forum’s Sherwood Award, and the TANNE Award for Exceptional Body of Work. American Conservatory Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, LaJolla Playhouse, The McCarter Theatre, NEA, Mark Taper Forum, Theater/Emory, Theatres De Mimes, Le Theatre L’Odeon, Theatreworks/USA, and Bill Cosby have commissioned him. Mr. O’Hara has also directed at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, The Culture Project, The Flea, Athenaeum Theatre, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. He has been an Artist in Residence at the American Conservatory Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, Theater/Emory, O’Neill Theater Festival, as well as an Endowed Chair at UCSD, Visiting Professor at DePaul University School of the Arts, and Adjunct at NYU, UIChicago, and Tufts. He directed the first Sundance Institute Theater Workshop at the NYSF. He has written films for Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Jon Avnet, Richard Zanuck, HBO, ABC, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, New Line/Fine Line Cinema, and Artisan Entertainment. He received his Directing MFA from Columbia University School of Arts and early in his career assisted George C. Wolfe, Daniel Sullivan, and Adrian Hall. He has served on the Obie Jury, various NEA/TCG Juries, and the Pew Fellowship Juries.
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