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Straight White Men

November 7 - December 14

Martinson Hall

Running time: 95 minutes, with no intermission

Post-show talkbacks: Wed, Nov 12 & Tues, Dec 2

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The New York Times

Daily News

"BRILLIANT. The BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING I've seen in some time. Head straight to The Public and see for yourself! A rich theatre experience, one that's kept me thinking about its provocations long after."
Huffington Post

"GRIPPING! A play of ideas, and very timely ideas at that."
New York Magazine

"STRAIGHT WHITE MEN tickles your soft aesthetic underbelly, before easing in the knife of reality."
Time Out New York

"YOUNG JEAN LEE is one of the hottest playwrights in America right now. She uses theater as a tool to reveal and dismantle our perceptions - of each other and of ourselves. For her, it's a place to check complacency at the door."

The New York Times has named Obie Award winner Young Jean Lee (Church and We're Gonna Die, previously at The Public) "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 matters, and privilege is 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).


Accessible Performances

Through Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), The Public is offering blind and visually impaired theatergoers access to our productions.  Patrons use a small, unobtrusive audio receiver and ear plug to hear the description of the performance, spoken by HAI’s trained live describer.  Each year, HAI touches the lives of more than 350,000 underserved individuals, offering an array of arts education and wellness programs.  HAI’s cultural programs provide a unique opportunity for isolated and marginalized individuals to come together and enjoy the best of NYC arts and culture. For tickets and more information please contact

In partnership with TDF, this performance will provide access for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss, an electronic text display is positioned to the side of the stage, which shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage.  To purchase Open Caption tickets for this production, please contact


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