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"Straight White Men" Coming To Douglas Theatre

 


Center Theatre Group, in collaboration with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, will present the West Coast premiere of Young Jean Lee’s newest work, the acclaimed play “Straight White Men,” November 20 to December 20 at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

In his “Best Theater of 2014” list in The New York Times, Charles Isherwood wrote, “Is there anything Young Jean Lee cannot do?,” and described Lee as a “remarkably versatile and inquisitive playwright.”

In “Straight White Men,” written and directed by Lee and co-commissioned by CTG, Lee offers a traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas.

They enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese, and 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?

Peviews will begin November 20 with the opening set for November 22. Performances will continue through December 20. The balance of the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s new season will be announced in early June, at which time season tickets will be available for purchase.

For further information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Funding support for “Straight White Men” is generously provided by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

 

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