Performances begin June 30 for the Broadway premiere of Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, a subversive exploration of privilege, identity, and American values. Lee is making history as the first Asian-American woman playwright produced on Broadway.
Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro directs the production from Second Stage Theatre at the Hayes Theatre, where it will officially open July 23.
In Straight White Men, Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas over board games and takeout.
The cast is made up of Armie Hammer, Kate Bornstein, Paul Schneider, Josh Charles, and Ty Defoe, all making their Broadway debuts, as well as the recent addition of Tony Award nominee Denis Arndt (Heisenberg) in the role of Ed.
Arndt replaced Tom Skerritt, who departed the production prior to previews due to personal reasons. To accommodate the new addition to the cast, previews, previously scheduled to begin June 29, were delayed by one day.
Set in a white, middle-class family home during the holidays, Straight White Men subverts the traditional family drama by becoming an exploration of American values, of capitalist belief systems versus social justice systems, and of identity and privilege.
Straight White Men was originally produced Off-Broadway at the Public Theater (directed by Lee) in 2014. The play has been staged around the country and the world.