TCG Publishes Barbecue/Bootycandy

PRESS CONTACTS: Gus Schulenburg,, 212-609-5941 | Salma S. Zohdi,, 212-609-5955


NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Barbecue / Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara. Bootycandy originally premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2011 with a subsequent Off-Broadway production at Playwrights Horizons in the fall of 2014. Barbecue premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in the fall of 2015.


“O’Hara is a genius at scene-building, that deceptively difficult art of dancing backward and forward at once, and is also inerrant at locating the social experience of his plays at the intersection of voyeurism and minstrelsy…A hysterical new play.”
—Jesse Green, Vulture on Barbecue


A dual volume from the imaginative and innovative mind of Robert O’Hara, Barbeque and Bootycandy both eagerly dispose of traditional play structure while simultaneously relishing in the medium’s inherent theatricality. Both of these subversive, uproarious plays crash headlong into the intersection of family confrontation and self-actualization, reminding us of the fine, fuzzy line between pain and pleasure.


“A searing and sensationally funny comedy about the sometimes poisonous attitude toward homosexuality in black culture…Bootycandy is as raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative.”
—Charles Isherwood, New York Times on Bootycandy


Robert O’Hara is a playwright and director. His play Antebellum received a world premiere production from Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, and earned him a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. He reworked The Wiz for its revival at La Jolla Playhouse. He wrote and directed the world premiere of Insurrection: Holding History on: (The Public Theater, Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play). As a director, he has won an Obie Award and an NAACP Best Director Award and has worked at acclaimed theatres throughout the United States.


For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 Member Theatres and Affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 14 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.

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