Straight White Men
by Young Jean Lee
directed by Emilia Sargent
Presented at USF Theatre Centre, TAR 120
3837 USF Holly Dr., Tampa FL 33620
February 1-18, 2024
A provocative and hilarious play by Young Jean Lee (the first female Asian American playwright to be produced on Broadway), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN explores the meaning of privilege and identity in 21st century America. Four adult brothers gather for Christmas at their childhood home, and in the course of family bonding, confront their own sense of entitlement and the challenges of being a straight white man in a changing world. With its sharp wit and insightful commentary, this “compassionate and stimulating” look at Straight White Men is a must-see for anyone who has ever loved, hated, or been a straight white man.
“The signal surprise of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, written by the ever-audacious Young Jean Lee, is that the play is not a full-frontal assault on the beings of the title…Ms. Lee’s fascinating play goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man’s existential crisis. Believe it or not, Ms. Lee wants us to sympathize with the inexpressible anguish of her protagonist, a middle-aged, upper-middle-class straight white man…[A] mournful and inquisitive play…” —NY Times.
“To cut to the obvious, STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is a loaded title…But the play turns out to have a disarming gentleness to it. Lee has more sympathy for her subject than scorn…STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is a family drama that on the surface looks fairly standard, but the play transcends psychological realism. Lee is wrestling with the meaning of straight white male privilege through characters who are self-conscious beneficiaries of an identity increasingly out of favor in 21st century America yet still, like it or not, in control.” —LA Times.
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University of South Florida
USF Theatre Centre
3837 USF Holly Drive, TAR 120
Tampa, FL 33620
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Dates & Times:
February 1-18, 2024
Thu / Fri / Sat evenings – 7:30pm
Sun matinees – 2:00pm
Seating begins 20 minutes prior to showtime.
Approximate running time is 100 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
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