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Featured Story: “Bootycandy”

Posted on: March 15, 2016

Image: "Bootycandy": Robert O’Hara’s play stars, from left, Lance Coadie Williams, Phillip James Brannon and Benja Kay Thomas at Playwrights Horizons. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Image: “Bootycandy”: Robert O’Hara’s play stars, from left, Lance Coadie Williams, Phillip James Brannon and Benja Kay Thomas at Playwrights Horizons. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

If you remember the ’90s show “In Living Color,” you might have a feel for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s upcoming production of “Bootycandy.” It’s comical, wild, a little rude, plays heavily with stereotypes of the black LGBT community, and always circles back to the poignant personal story of Sutter, the central character.

Sutter is played by Maurice Emmanuel Parent, where he and four other actors work under the aegis of Director Summer L. Williams to bring alive the play written by Robert O’Hara.

Director Williams feels it’s important that this is not a coming-of-age story, nor a coming-out story. Sutter (and O’Hara, as this is heavily autobiographical) never has questions about who he is. It is more a retrospective, an inventory of a life. It features vignettes of Sutter as a child, a teen, and a man, with four other actors filling in the orbits of supporting roles. Some of these vignettes are true from O’Hara’s history, some are not, but no one is telling which.

“Bootycandy” — the title is slang for penis — “has a heightened comedic sense and style,” says Director Williams. “Some of the jokes are bawdy, some are offensive, but there’s a layer of hurt and a layer of ugly truth present just below the surface.”

Parent is about the same age as O’Hara, in his mid-40s, and he finds that valuable in his sense that they’re touching on the same cultural touchstones. He also feels that his day job as a drama teacher feeds into his ability to tell the story.

“Bootycandy” will be playing at the Robert Studio Theater in Boston Center for the Arts through April 9.

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