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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 Liesl Tommy

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