If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfucka

The Dramat 2023 Spring Ex

by Tori Sampson

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfucka

Funga alafia!

Combining West African folklore and contemporary American culture, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must be a Muhfucka follows four teenage girls as they grapple with societal definitions of beauty. In the fictional setting of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, the four young women – Kaya, Massassi, Adama and Akim – are given an opportunity to live in a society where their individual beauty can reign supreme. But this opportunity comes at a dangerous cost.

Tori Sampson’s hilariously provocative play doesn’t ask the question “How much is beauty worth?” but rather, “Why are so many willing to pay its price?”

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Performance Dates & Times

February 16, 2023 - 8:00pm

February 17, 2023 - 8:00pm

February 18, 2023 - 2:00pm

February 18, 2023 - 8:00pm


Yale Repertory Theatre

Venue Accessibility: 
Building is accessible via an elevator entrance around the left side of the building. Travel between the orchestra level and the lobby and facilities is accessible via the same elevator.


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Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Patrons should carry vaccination documentation and be prepared to show it if asked.

Yale-approved masks  are required for all audience members.

Production Team

Stage Manager
Maya Fonkeu
Katia George
Musical Director
Vyann Eteme
Musical Director
Darren Markwei
Elka Wade
Sound Designer
Angela Morka
Graphic Designer
Zawadi Kigamwa