Austin Pendleton and Gary Wilmes Will Be Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men

News   Austin Pendleton and Gary Wilmes Will Be Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton will star in the New York premiere of playwright Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, which will begin performances Off-Broadway Nov. 7 at the Public Theater.

Gary Wilmes
Gary Wilmes

Lee will direct her play that officially opens Nov. 17 for a run through Dec. 7. Lee's plays Church and We're Gonna Die were previously staged at the Public.

In addition to Pendleton (Mother Courage, Choir Boy), the cast will feature Gary Wilmes (Chinglish, Gatz), Pete Simpson ("Morning Glory") and James Stanley (The Appeal).

According to the Public, "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).

For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

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