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New York Premiere
Written and directed by Young Jean Lee
Featuring Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley

The New York Times has named Obie Award-winner Young Jean Lee (The Public's Church and We're Gonna Die) "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation." The Public presents the New York premiere of Straight White Men, in which she defies expectations with a conventionally 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 is the cornerstone of one's worth, and privilege is increasingly problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is a production by Young Jean Lee's Theater Company and is commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Center Theater Group (Los Angeles), Steirischer Herbst Festival (Graz), Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Festival d'Automne à Paris, and The Public Theater (New York).

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