There’s nothing you can do to erase the problem of your own existence
As Ed, a widower, prepares to celebrate Christmas, he calls his three grown sons back to the family home. Games are played, Chinese food is ordered, and brotherly pranks and trashtalk distract them from the ongoing issue that threatens to ruin the festivities: when personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do? Raucous, surprising and fearless—experimental playwright Young Jean Lee takes an outside look at the traditional father/son play narrative, shedding new and often hilarious light on a story we think we know all too well.
A Korean American playwright whose work “revels in subverting stereotypes” (NPR), she approaches the work from the position of outsider, examining human behavior in a way that is as hilarious as it is revealing.
“When starting a play, I ask myself, ‘What's the last show in the world I would ever want to make?’ Then I force myself to make it. I do this because going out of my comfort zone compels me to challenge my assumptions and find value in unexpected places. Straight White Men isn’t “about” privilege or attempting to reveal anything new about it or solve it. I was more curious about the question, ‘If I woke up tomorrow and I was a straight white man, what would I do?’” - Young Jean Lee
Early Bird Offer
$35 tickets to Thursday, February 2
Enter Promo Code 30257
Sunday, February 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 4 at 3pm
Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm
Cast & Artists
- Author Young Jean Lee
- Scenic Design David Evans Morris
- Costume Design Enver Chakartash
- Lighting Design Sarah Hughey
- Sound Design Jamie McElhinney
- Original Music and Composition Chris Giarmo
- Stage Manager Laura D. Glenn
- Assistant Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg
- Casting Director JC Clementz
- Artistic Producer Jonathan Berry
“Explosively entertaining...attitudes and anxieties on display”
-The Washington Post
"Fascinating! A compassionate and stimulating new play written and directed by the ever-audacious Young Jean Lee"
-The New York Times
"Brilliant. A rich theatre experience, one that's kept me thinking about its provocations long after."
"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."