August 22–October 12
Tim Sanford on Bootycandy
Robert O’Hara is not widely known as a playwright in New York. He has worked more often as a director. He has had one notable production of a play at the Public and several productions regionally, particularly at the Woolly Mammoth in DC. But as I’ve tracked his work in its various incarnations, including several readings over the years at Playwrights Horizons, I’ve come to admire him as one of the most adventurous playwrights I know.
My grandmother, Lizzie Bee O'Hara, was known by various names to various people for as long as she was in my life: Bee, Aunt Bee, Lizzie, Lizzie Bee, Mrs. O'Hara, Granny, Sister, Grandmama, Mama. (And a whole host of other names whenever she and my Grandfather cussed each other out. On a daily basis.) They had thirteen children, twelve of whom lived. Granny once told me that she delivered her twins herself “’Cause the fire truck didn’t get here on time.” My mother, Lillie Anne, was her third child and the first girl, and she had me when she was seventeen. Recently, she told me that I was a virgin birth. When I asked her what that meant, she said she didn’t understand how I got here because it was her first time, she was a virgin when she got pregnant with me, and she and my father “really didn’t do nothin’.”
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR
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THE AMERICAN VOICE: GAY QUESTIONS, BLACK ANSWERS
Surrounding the premiere of Bootycandy at Woolly Mammoth, Robert O’Hara spoke to D.C.’s MetroWeekly about studying theater at Columbia: “At the end of my first semester, at my evaluation, the Chair looked at me and said, ‘Your teachers think you’re a little bit too focused on African-American and gay issues.’ We’re sitting in Harlem. I’m the only black student in the department. I’m the only gay student in the directing program. And you’re going to tell me that I’m too focused on African-American issues and gay issues?”
WELCOME LEIGH ANN BRIENZA!
Playwrights Horizons is very happy to announce that Leigh Ann Brienza has joined the Development Department as the Manager of Individual Giving, in which capacity she will oversee the Patron and Individual Giving Program, and, with other Development Department staff, a wide range of campaigns to raise almost 40% of the organization’s ten million dollar annual budget.
Leigh Ann graduated with a Master’s Degree in Theater from Villanova University and is the Event Chair of The Actors Fund Young Professionals Advisory Committee. Her professional experience includes front-line solicitations and managing various individual giving initiatives and fundraising events. Past positions include the Director of Development at Saint Basil Academy in Pennsylvania, and most recently, Director of Development at Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry.
She's very excited to work at Playwrights Horizons and become part of the New York City not-for-profit theater community. "I am thrilled to join the development team and return to my first passion, the theater. It is an honor to participate in ensuring the long-term sustenance and growth of Playwrights Horizons."
If you would like more information about Playwrights Horizons or the Patron Program—or want to welcome Leigh Ann on board—please do not hesitate to contact her at LBrienza@PHnyc.org or (212) 564-1235 x3145.
BACKSTORY: DANCE!!! DANCE!!! DANCE!!!
As Robert O’Hara’s outrageous episodic odyssey follows its young gay protagonist, Michael Jackson receives more than one passing but reverent shout-out. I spoke with the playwright about his relationship to the King of Pop, and why his presence suffuses O’Hara’s delightfully subversive Bootycandy.
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During the run of Bootycandy, post-performance discussions with the creative team have been scheduled for the following dates:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
These discussions are an important aspect of our play development process. We hope you can take part!
$30 for performances Aug. 22–31 and Sunday eves thru Oct. 12; $35 for performances Sept. 2–Oct. 12 except Sunday eves.
30&Under Member tickets are $20; Student Member tickets are $10.
SUBSCRIBERS: Order guest tickets for $50 each when you reserve your own.
FLEXPASS HOLDERS: FlexPass holders may use tickets in your account to bring guests. Add tickets to your account by calling Ticket Central (Noon-8pm daily) at (212) 279-4200. Restrictions apply.
MEMBERS: Order one guest ticket per package per production for $50 when you reserve your own.
YOUNG MEMBERS: One guest ticket may be purchased per production for $35.
We recommend Bootycandy for those aged 17+.
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