Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men Extends at the Public

News   Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men Extends at the Public The New York premiere of playwright Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, which opened Off-Broadway Nov. 17 at the Public Theater, has extended its run through Dec. 14.

Gary Wilmes and Pete Simpson
Gary Wilmes and Pete Simpson Photo by Carol Rosegg

Lee directs her play that began previews Nov. 7. Lee's plays Church and We're Gonna Die were previously staged at the Public. It is a co-production with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company.

The cast features Austin Pendleton (Mother Courage, Choir Boy), 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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