If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfucka

Jul 27Aug 20, 2022
Written byTori Sampson
Directed bySidney Horton
Asst. Directed byTina Kelly

About the Show

In a mashup of West African folklore and contemporary American culture, this provocative, hilarious new play follows four teenage girls as they grapple with societal definitions of beauty. When Akim’s classmates decide they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in the story, the frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach. Brimming with live music and dance, this play doesn’t ask the question “How much is beauty worth?” but rather, “Why are so many willing to pay its price?”

Event Details

Run Time

2 hours, one 15-minute intermission


ATC @ the Hadley Theatre
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28207

Content Notice

This show contains mature themes and language. Recommended age is 14+
Production elements include flashing lights and theatrical fog.
Subject matter includes depictions of murder and suicide which may be unsettling. To inquire about specifics, please email kathrynh@atcharlotte.org.

Cast & Production Team

Meet the Cast

Meet Production

Playwright  Tori Sampson
Director  Sidney Horton
Asst. Director  Tina Kelly
Choreographer  Jenayeda Shepherd
Scenic Designer  Raquel Jackson
Lighting Designer  Hallie Gray
Sound Designer  Iran Mckinney
Costume Designer  Davita Galloway
Production Mgr/Props  Carrie Cranford
Technical Director  Paul Swanson
Scenic Artist  Lane Morris
Stage Manager  Kathryn Harding
Asst. Stage Manager  Deity Brinson

Connect With ATC


Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is permanently closed. For more information, please see the official news release and FAQ. Please support your local theatre companies and we wish you all the very best.