"Straight White Men" Coming To Douglas Theatre
November 5, 2015
Young Jean Lee's "Straight White Men," will have its West Coast premiere November 20 – December 20 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
The play will be directed by Lee and presented in collaboration with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
The first U.S. performances of the play since The Public Theater presented its New York premiere last fall will feature a cast of Frank Boyd, Richard Riehle, Brian Slaten and Gary Wilmes.
"Straight White Men" features scenic design by David Evans Morris, costume design by Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Christopher Kuhl, sound design by Chris Giarmo and Jamie McElhinney and movement by Faye Driscoll. Mike Farry serves as dramaturg.
In "Straight White Men," Young Jean Lee offers a traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. Ed (played by Riehle) and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas. They enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks and takeout Chinese, but find themselves confronting 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?
Including "Straight White Men" in his article about the "Best Theater of 2014," Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote, "Is there anything ... the remarkably versatile and inquisitive playwright ... Young Jean Lee cannot do?"
"Straight White Men" is also the first Young Jean Lee production in Los Angeles since "We're Gonna Die," which "introduce[d] one of New York's most exciting experimental playwrights to Southern California" (Charles McNulty).
Tickets are available online at http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling CTG Audience
Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office (at the Ahmanson
Theatre at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles) or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performances.