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If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

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

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.

Tickets on sale to the public January 23.

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Show Information

Dates Feb 15–Mar 31
Ticket Prices Regular
Company Playwrights Horizons
Theater Mainstage Theater
416 West 42 Street
New York, NY 10036
Written by Tori Sampson
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly


Tue – Wed 7:00 PM
Thu – Fri 8:00 PM
Sat 2:30 PM
8:00 PM
Sun 2:30 PM
7:30 PM
Run Time 1 hour, 50 minutes
Intermission No intermission


First Preview Feb 15
Opening Night Mar 10
Post Performance Discussion Feb 20
Feb 26
Mar 2 mat
POP Talk Feb 19
Feb 23 mat
Mar 5
Audio Description Mar 30 mat
Closed Caption Mar 12–31
ASL Interpretation Mar 24 mat


Rotimi Agbabiaka
Maechi Aharanwa
Jason Bowen
Antoinette Crowe-Legacy
Leland Fowler
Níkẹ Uche Kadri
Mirirai Sithole
Phumzile Sitole
Carla R. Stewart

Additional Information

Audience Recommended for ages 10+
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