September 6 - October 16, 2016
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Robert O'Hara
Directed by Colman Domingo
Featuring Cherise Boothe, Yvette Cason, Dale Dickey, Omar J. Dorsey, Frances Fisher, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Travis Johns, Elyse Mirto, Heather Alicia Simms & Rebecca Wisocky
West Coast Premiere

“Ferociously funny! Barbecue raucously sends up the sociological pantomime — life as an award-seeking existential burlesque.” – Los Angeles Times
“A perfect comedy for Los Angeles audiences!” – Broadway World
“Wickedly delightful!” –

The grill is hot, the beer is chilled and the table is set for a typical O’Mallery family barbecue. But when their drug-addicted sister Zippity Boom arrives strung-out and out of control, her siblings have finally had enough — enough beer, enough whiskey and enough pills to confront her. Their ham-handed intervention ignites the fuse of this raucous and rollicking new comedy that skewers our warped view of the American family. From Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O’Hara, this Barbecue serves up a healthy helping of sibling love and loathing.



Meet The Artists

ROBERT O'HARA (Playwright)
Robert O’Hara has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two OBIE Awards and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the world premieres of Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, as well as his own plays, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History. His new plays Zombie: The American and Barbecue, world premiered this season at Woolly Mammoth Theater and the Public Theater, respectively.

Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Olivier Award nominee Colman Domingo has recently directed Seven Guitars (Actors Theater of Louisville) and A Band of Angels (Off Broadway Alliance Award, New York City Children’s Theater). Mr. Domingo has directed productions Off Broadway and regionally such as Exit Cuckoo (Working Theater), No Parole (All for One Solo Festival), i feel love (Intersection for the Arts), Single Black Female (New Professional Theatre). Mr. Domingo is a Lucille Lortel, GLAAD and Obie Award winning playwright whose plays include Dot (Samuel French), Wild with Happy (Dramatists Play Service), A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Books) and The Brother(s). He stars on television as Strand in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and co-stars in the upcoming Fox Searchlight film The Birth of a Nation. His theater career spans the West End, Broadway, Off Broadway, Australia, France and all over regional theaters in America.

Now At The Geffen

Upcoming Shows & Events

. August 2019
September 2019
October 2019

Performance Info

2 hours including one 15 minute intermission.

This production contains strobe effects, adult content, graphic language, simiulated drug use and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.