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Tori Sampson; photo by Zack DeZon

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka


Mainstage Theater

Written by Tori Sampson
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner 
Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly

World Premiere

Chorus
There can only be one star.  So why you hatin’?

In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.

2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist
Kennedy Center’s 2017 Paula Vogel Playwright