ABOUT THIS SHOW

Gus is a painter expecting his big break with a prestigious contemporary art museum in 'The New America' exhibition. When he's told by the museum's new curator that "white dudes" aren't a part of New America, he enlists the help of Vanessa, a black actress, and together they create Balkonae Townsend, a bold, young radical artist to serve as the face of his work. But when things start to spiral out of control, Gus is left to deal with the mess he created and Vanessa must come to terms with her own agency as an artist. Audacious and bitingly funny, WHITE explores white privilege, racial politics and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity. 


CAST & ARTISTS

The Artists
Author: James Ijames*
Director: Tasia A. Jones
Scenic Designer: Scott Penner
Costume Designer: Sanja Manakoski
Lighting Designer: Simean Carpenter
Sound Designer: David Samba
Props Designer: Sam Rosenfeld
Intimacy Choreographer: Jyreika Guest
Production Manager: Maddie Martin
Dramaturg: Jared Bellot*
Casting: AJ Links
Assistant Director: Samara Malik
Technical Director: Evan Sposato
Master Electrician: Conchita Avitia
Producing Assistant: Hana Eldessouky
Stage Manager: Julie Jachym
Assistant Stage Manager: Ariel Beller

CAST
Martaisa Jones*: St. Diana
Amira Danan: Vanessa
Niko Kourtis: Gus
Sarah Rachel Schol: Jane
Nick Shoda: Tanner 
*Definition Theatre Ensemble Member

ABOUT Definition Theatre

Definition Theatre's Mission: Definition is a culturally diverse theater dedicated to telling language-driven, relationship-oriented, socially-relevant stories about and created with underrepresented communities in Chicago. Our ensemble is a collective of artists, art administrators, educators, and designers who prioritize working towards and representing a more equitable theatre industry.

About Definition Theatre: Definition Theatre has built its reputation on work that reflects its unique voice. It shared the words of Academy Award-Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney in The Brothers Size; it grooved with Amiri Baraka's whirlwind story of a chance meeting on a train in Dutchman; and staged its first world premiere production, Genesis, written by ensemble member Mercedes White and inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic masterwork A Raisin in the Sun. In partnership with, The New Colony staged the world premiere of Byhalia, Mississippi, which starred Academy Award nominee and ensemble member Kiki Layne. In association with the Goodman Theatre, Definition staged the Chicago premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon, a subversive take on race in America that captivated audiences. Most recently, Definition sent us all to the moon with James Ijames’s Moon Man Walk, explored the challenges of America’s public-school system through Nilaja Sun’s No Child…, and highlighted the first-generation experience in Sam Kebede’s ETHIOPIANAMERICA. For additional information, visit definitiontheatre.org and facebook.com/definitiontheatrecompany

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

more James Ijames on stage

There are more opportunities to see James Ijames' productions at Steppenwolf. See Miz Martha in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre from April 2 – May 17.

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Reserve Tickets

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

more James Ijames on stage

There are more opportunities to see James Ijames' productions at Steppenwolf. See Miz Martha in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre from April 2 – May 17.

LEARN MORE