Young Jean Lee

Straight White Men

  • 100%new American drama
The director Young Jean Lee not only deals with a wide range of sociopolitical issues, but also casts them in very different theatrical forms. While her “Untitled Feminist Show”, that billed at the 2012 steirischer herbst festival, was set in the realm between queerness and neo-burlesque, in “Straight White Men” she now embarks on the opposite road with a linear narrative structure, a realistic stage set, and a traditional performance scenario: set in a living room somewhere in a US suburb, a father and his three middle-aged sons must tackle a seemingly simple question: “What can a privileged, heterosexual, white man do to fight against the continued existence of an unjust system?”
In “Straight White Men” Young Jean Lee combines essential questions of artistic design and formal strategies with an analysis of heterosexual white men whose world status is beginning to sway. The piece presents its characters at a key moment in time when the wish to do “the right thing” and adapt to new social rules collides with the need for self-fulfilment – and an age-old male self-image is subjected to close scrutiny.
Produced by Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Public Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Center Theater Group, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou, Festival d’Automne à Paris
Thanks to Hebbel am Ufer
Supported by Doris Duke Performing Artists Awards Program, New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The MAP Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts
With support of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts & New York State Council on the Arts & Brown University'y Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Providence, RI
Residences Park Avenue Armory, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Columbia University & Spaceworks NYC
Thanks to Chuck Helm, Morgan Gould, Antje Oegel, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Oskar Eustis, Maria Goyanes, Kristy Edmunds, Diane Rodriguez, Marie Collin, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Annemie Vanackere, Rebecca Schneider, Barbara Reo, Emily Bruce, Zachery Rufa & David Milch
Young Jean Lee: Straight White Men

Dates and Facts

Europe Première

Fri 10/10 & Sat 11/10, 19.30 & Sun 12/10, 17.30
120’ with interval


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Talk following the performance on Sun 12/10

English language with German surtitles



Text and direction Young Jean Lee
Producer Aaron Rosenblum
With Austin Pendleton (Ed), Pete Simpson (Drew), James Stanley (Matt) & Gary Wilmes (Jake)
Associate Director Emilyn Kowaleski
Set design David Evans Morris
Costumes Enver Chakartash
Light Christopher Kuhl & Jeanette Yew
Sound Chris Giarmo & Jamie McElhinney
Choreography and movement Faye Driscoll
Dramaturgy Mike Farry
Associate Producer Matthew Kagen
Management Chloë Brown
Technical Direction Nathan Lemoine
Produkcion Stage Manager Stephanie Byrnes Harrell
Assistent Stage Manager Elliott Jenetopolus
Props Elizabeth Sargent
Assistent Dramaturgy Eric Shethar
Direction Assistent Braulio Cruz, Kaela Garvin, Julia Mounsey & Zachary Segel
Assistent Set Design Cate McCrea
Assistent Costume Christine Stevenson
Second Cast Zachary Segel, Gerrit Thurston
Internship Nessa Norich, Maridee Slater, Sarah Matusek, Valentina Vela