P.C. and Privileged: Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men Opens Off-Broadway

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Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton stars in the New York premiere of playwright Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, which officially opens Off-Broadway Nov. 17 at the Public Theater.

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

Lee directs her play that began previews Nov. 7 and will continue through Dec. 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.

In addition to Pendleton (Mother Courage, Choir Boy), the cast features 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).

The Public is also offering free tickets to the first preview of Straight White Men via a mobile lottery using the app TodayTix. Winners will be notified by email and push notifications between noon and 3 PM on the day of the first preview. You must confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified. A limited number of tickets will also be distributed, beginning at noon, via lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater.

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

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