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Department of Theatre & Dance

Telfair B. Peet Mainstage Theatre

Thur. Sept. 28 Opening @7:30pm

Fri. Sept. 29 @7:30pm

Sun. Oct. 1 @2:30pm

Wed. Oct. 4  @7:30pm

Thu. Oct. 5 @7:30pm*

Fri. Oct. 6 @7:30pm

Sat. Oct. 7 @7:30pm

Sun. Oct. 8 @2:30pm

*Talkback after show

Barbecue Main Production Image


By Robert O'Hara

Directed by Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha

September 28 - October 8, 2023

The drinks are chilled. The snacks are set. The grill is sizzling. The O’Mallery family is primed for a barbecue. And yet, this particular barbecue on this particular day in this particular park proves much more than just a pleasant family gathering. Robert O’Hara’s hilarious comedy explores the complexities of family and how those families shape us, while challenging our perceptions of the stories we tell. Pull up a chair and join the intervention!

BARBECUE had its world premiere at the Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, Patrick Willingham; Executive Director) in New York, October 8, 2015. The play was directed by Kent Gash. Barbecue was commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago (Martha Lavey, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson, Executive Director).

BARBECUE is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by TRW PLAYS, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.


*Barbecue is a comedy. Yet, like many family gatherings, tensions rise, and a variety of words are exchanged. The play contains strong adult language that may not be appropriate for all audiences, including words that some may find blasphemous. Please note that theatrical smoking, alcohol consumption, tasing, and physical restraint will occur as part of the production.