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Critic’s Pick! “Beauty, Blackness, and Beyoncé. Tori Sampson’s delicious new play is an auspicious professional playwriting debut.”—Jesse Green, The New York Times

“If Pretty Hurts is full of winking whimsy and frightening recognitions — it’s got teeth.”Sara Holdren, New York Magazine

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

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

**Please Note: Recommended for ages 10+.**

**Please Note: Running time is 1 hour 50 min, no intermission. Late seating and re-entry for this show is strictly limited.**

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  • March 15, 2019
    8:00 pm

Event Location


416 West 42nd Street, New York, New York, 10036, United States