The Public Theater’s New York premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, has been extended through December 14th. New York Times Critics’ Pick STRAIGHT WHITE MEN began previews on November 7 in the Martinson Theater, and was scheduled to close on Sunday, December 7th before the extension was announced.
“FASCINATING! A COMPASSIONATE and STIMULATING new play written and directed by the EVER-AUDACIOUS YOUNG JEAN LEE.”
The New York Times
“SMART & THOUGHT-PROVOKING, with a TERRIFIC CAST!”
“BRILLIANT. The BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING I’ve seen in some time. Head straight to The Public and see for yourself! A rich theatre experience, one that’s kept me thinking about its provocations long after.”
“GRIPPING! A play of ideas, and very timely ideas at that.”
New York Magazine
“STRAIGHT WHITE MEN tickles your soft aesthetic underbelly, before easing in the knife of reality.”
Time Out New York
“YOUNG JEAN LEE is one of the hottest playwrights in America right now. She uses theater as a tool to reveal and dismantle our perceptions – of each other and of ourselves. For her, it’s a place to check complacency at the door.”
The complete cast of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN features Austin Pendleton (Ed), Pete Simpson (Drew),James Stanley (Matt), and Gary Wilmes (Jake).
In the New York premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, unpredictable downtown writer/director Young Jean Lee presents a traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
The creative team includes David Evans Morris (scenic design); Christopher Kuhl (lighting design);Chris Giarmo and Jamie McElhinney (sound design); Enver Chakartash (costume design); Faye Driscoll (fight choreography and movement); and Mike Farry (dramaturgy).
Member tickets, priced at $30, and single tickets, starting at $35, are available now by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street.
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is a production by Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and is commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles), Steirischer Herbst Festival (Graz), Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris, and The Public Theater (New York).
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