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Interview with Robert O'Hara, Part One: "Everyone is Welcome, No one is Safe"

Posted April 19, 2013 - 9:43am

Wilma Dramaturg Walter Bilderback sits with Playwright/Director Robert O'Hara. This is the first part of his interview.

WALTER BILDERBACK: Let's start with the basic: What's Bootycandy?

ROBERT O'HARA: Bootycandy is the name that my grandmother and mother used for the penis when I was a little boy. After seeing the world premiere of this play in DC, my mother turned to me and actually said "It was BooBoo Candy ­ why on EARTH would we call your penis Bootycandy?" and my response to her was "Oh Boo Boo Candy makes oh so much more sense, right???" Regardless I heard Bootycandy... all my life. So I think my Mother is making up some Boo Boo Candy ... that just sounds crazy. Now, Bootycandy... I can kinda understand. LOL...

WB: The play has been described as semi-autobiographical. I'm guessing the stress is on the "semi."

RO: When I watch the play I can see where most of the scenes come from... they are all from real life experience and most of the more surreal things are absolutely true...

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