Full-Length Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  2f, 3m

Robert O'Hara's semi-autobiographical subversive comedy weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscopic portrayal of growing up gay and black.

Image: 2014 Playwrights Horizons Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 3m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
  • Winner! 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award, Best LGBT Drama of 2014-15
    Nominee: Two 2015 Lucille Lortel Awards
    Nominee: 2015 Drama League Award for Best Play




Sutter is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. Playwright Robert O'Hara weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscopic portrayal of growing up gay and black. Uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and… Bootycandy.


Bootycandy made its world premiere in June 2011 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. The production was directed by playwright Robert O’Hara. On August 22, 2014, Bootycandy premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, starring Phillip James Brannon, Jessica Frances Dukes, Jesse Pennington, Benja Kay Thomas and Lance Coadie Williams, again under the direction of the author.

ACTOR ONE - Black Woman (age 20–30) plays: Young Black Mom, Adella, Big Shirley, Writer 1, Young Sibling, Intifada.

ACTOR TWO - Black Man (age 20–30) plays: Sutter.

ACTOR THREE - Black Woman (age 30–40) plays: Eudarrie, Lucy, Writer 2, Middle Aged Mother, Genitalia.

ACTOR FOUR - Black Man (age 30–40) plays: Reverend Benson, Writer 3, Step Father, Larry, Old Granny.

ACTOR FIVE - White Male (age 20–40) plays: Roy, Clint, Moderator, Officiant, White Man.

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Intense Adult Themes
    • Strong Language
    • Nudity/Partial Nudity


“Smart, searing, and sensationally funny.” – The New York Times

“Explosive. Insanely entertaining and completely engaging.” – New York Magazine, Read More

“Sassy and saucy! You may never think of the words ‘booty’ and ‘candy’ the same way ever again.” – New York Post, Read More

“Smart, searing, and sensationally funny.. Robert O'Hara reveals an important asset for a playwright to make his mark: fearlessness.” – The New York Times, Read More

“Funny, smutty, and enticingly subversive. A toxically satiric portrait of American life.” – Washington Post, Read More

“The punchline in O’Hara’s work? His recognition and dissection of that ill-fitting straitjacket called political correctness.” – New Yorker, Read More

“Outrageous... lively... O'Hara's play is all the more powerful for being so fearlessly unpredictable.” – Los Angeles Times, Read More

“A spiralling, high-energy triumph.” – The Guardian

“O’Hara writes each scene with fierce wit.” – The Stage


Scene Study and Classroom Reading: Plays for Colleges and Universities
by Becca Schlossberg
August 23, 2019

BootycandyTakes LAMBDA Literary Lammy Award for LGBT Drama
by Courtney Kochuba
June 2, 2015

A Bold Exploration Into Bootycandy
by Rebecca Schlossberg
June 30, 2015


  • Scene from Bootycandy, Playwrights Horizons

  • Robert O'Hara talks Bootycandy, Playwrights Horizons

  • Trailer, Playwrights Horizons

  • Trailer, Wilma Theater


  • Bootycandy

    Image: 2014 Playwrights Horizons Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Bootycandy

    Image: 2014 Playwrights Horizons Production (Joan Marcus)

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Robert O'Hara

Robert O'Hara has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obie Awards and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the World Premieres of Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Pla ...

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