If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

Name: Playwrights Horizons
Address: 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Production Information
First performance date: February 15, 2019
Opening date: March 10, 2019
Closing date: April 5, 2019
External Links: Official Website

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Production Description
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.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Playwrights Horizons Producer
Tori Sampson Playwright
Ian Scot Original Music
Leah C. Gardiner Director
Raja Feather Kelly Choreographer
Candace Taylor Assistant Choreographer
Leland Fowler Dance Captain
Louisa Thompson Set Designer
Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
Matt Frey Lighting Designer
Ian Scot Sound Designer
Cookie Jordan Hair and Wig Designer
Alexander Grover Associate Scenic Designer
Danielle Preston Assistant Costume Designer
Danielle Verkennes Assistant Lighting Designer
Stephen Dee Associate Sound Designer
Caroline Aquino Company Manager
Blake Zidell & Associates Press Representative
Alyssa K. Howard Production Stage Manager
Noah Silva Assistant Stage Manager
Samantha Shoffner Prop Master
Erikka Walsh Bass
Rona Siddiqui Keyboards
Alaine Alldaffer Casting
Ebbe Bassey Dialect Coach

Actor Role
Rotimi Agbabiaka Chorus
Maechi Aharanwa Ma
Jason Bowen Dad
Antoinette Crowe-Legacy Massassi
Ian Duff Akim
Leland Fowler Kasim
Mirirai Sithole Adama
Phumzile Sitole Kaya
Carla R. Stewart The Voice of the River
Award Person / Company Function
1 NOMINATED 2019 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly Choreographer
2 NOMINATED 2019 Chita Rivera Award, Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show Raja Feather Kelly Choreographer
3 NOMINATED 2019 Chita Rivera Award, Outstanding Ensemble    
4 NOMINATED 2019 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Costume Design for a Play Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
5 NOMINATED 2019 Hewes Design Award, Costume Design Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist

Kennedy Center’s 2017 Paula Vogel Playwright