Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!

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Rehearsals just began for the Playwrights Horizons New York premiere production of Bootycandy, a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (director of In the Continuum, author of Antebellum and Insurrection: Holding History). The production will begin previews Friday evening, August 22 at 8PM with an Opening Night set for Wednesday, September 10 at 7PM. The limited engagement will play through Sunday evening, October 12 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). BroadwayWorld was in the rehearsal room with the company today and you can check out full photo coverage below!

Completing the cast is three-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Jessica Frances Dukes (including for Mr. O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History), who joins previously-announced cast members PhillipJames Brannon (The City of Conversation, Belleville, Love and Information), Jesse Pennington(Rodney's Wife and Franny's Way at PH; Richard II), Audelco Award winner Benja Kay Thomas (Insurrection: Holding History, Unspeakable, Pearl's Gone Blue) and Lance Coadie Williams (New York debut).

Sutter (Phillip James Brannon) is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms and even nursing homes. A kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and black, Robert O'Hara's subversive, uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and... Bootycandy.

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Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
The First Day of Rehearsals for the Playwrights Horizons New York premiere production of BOOTYCANDY at Playwrights Horizons on August 1, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Lance Coadie Williams

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Lance Coadie Williams

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon, Lance Coadie Williams and Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon, Lance Coadie Williams and Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Benja Kay Thomas

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Benja Kay Thomas

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Benja Kay Thomas and Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Benja Kay Thomas and Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Benja Kay Thomas and Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Artistic Director Tim Sanford, playwright/director Robert O'Hara, Phillip James Brannon, Benja Kay Thomas, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lance Coadie Williams, Jesse Pennington and Managing Director Leslie Marcus

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon, Benja Kay Thomas, director Robert O'Hara, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lance Coadie Williams and Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon, Benja Kay Thomas, director Robert O'Hara, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lance Coadie Williams and Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon, Benja Kay Thomas, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lance Coadie Williams and Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Phillip James Brannon, Benja Kay Thomas, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lance Coadie Williams and Jesse Pennington

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Tim Sanford, playwright/director Robert O'Hara and Managing Director Leslie Marcus

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Tim Sanford, playwright/director Robert O'Hara and Managing Director Leslie Marcus

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jessica Frances Dukes

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY Cast Meets the Press!
Jessica Frances Dukes

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.