Opened: 8/30/2019, Huntington Theatre Company



DIRECTOR: Billy Porter

STARRING: J. Bernard Calloway, Morocco Omari, John Scurti, Analisa Velez, Izzie Steele


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A world premiere new play directed by Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) and written by Dan McCabe. A former rapper, a DJ, and a showtunes-loving telesales director have become an unlikely group who hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. But when an impromptu rap battle erupts between two younger female emcees, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, The Purists asks, what is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas? And what does it mean to be wholly yourself?


“‘Outstanding! Trenchant, topical, substantive, and consistently funny at the same time. ‘The Purists’ is an unalloyed delight.” – Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe


“A must see! Really fantastic, very entertaining, and hilarious. McCabe is making a big splash.” – Jared Bowen, WGBH


“A lot of laughs! A superb quintet of actors. I dare you not to enjoy them.” – WBUR