Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts... Extends Off-Broadway Run | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts... Extends Off-Broadway Run The world-premiere production opened March 10 in Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater.
Phumzile Sitole, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and Mirirai Sithole Marc J. Franklin

Playwrights Horizons has extended its world premiere of Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, which officially opened March 10 in the company's Mainstage Theater. Originally scheduled to run through March 31, performances will now end April 5.

Directed by Leah C. Gardiner and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, the new play, a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, is a contemporary riff on a West African fable brimming with live music and dance.

Raja Feather Kelly, Tori Sampson, and Leah C. Gardiner Gerda Mostonaite

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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. In If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.

The cast is made up of Rotimi Agbabiaka, Maechi Aharanwa, Jason Bowen, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Ian Duff, Níkẹ Uche Kadri, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sitole, and Carla R. Stewart.

The creative team for the world premiere also includes Louisa Thompson (scenic designer), Dede M. Ayite (costume designer), Matt Frey (lighting designer), Ian Scot (original music and sound designer), Alyssa K. Howard (production stage manager), and Noah Silva (assistant stage manager).

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Production Photos: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka at Playwrights Horizons


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