Straight White Men
by Young Jean Lee

DIRECTED BY RODNEY LEE ROGERS
APRIL 27–MAY 19, 2018
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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?

Emotionally satisfying…and unflinching in its critique of white-driven social justice.”
New York Times

Fascinating…goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man’s existential crisis.
TimeOut NY

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