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White People

Full Length, Dark Comedy
2 men, 1 woman
Total Cast: 3, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-2125-8

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: Now—right now—what does it mean to be a white American? What does it mean for any American to live in a country that is not the one you were promised? WHITE PEOPLE is a controversial and darkly funny play about the lives of three ordinary Americans placed under the spot-light: Martin, a Brooklyn–born high powered attorney for a white-shoe law firm in St. Louis, MO; Mara Lynn, a housewife and former home-coming queen in Fayetteville, NC; and Alan, a young professor struggling to find his way in New York City. Through heart-wrenching confessions, they wrestle with guilt, prejudice, and the price they and their children must pay for their actions. WHITE PEOPLE is a candid, brutally honest meditation on race and language in our culture.
“In brutally honest confessions that eat through protective layers like acid from a battery…the piece never strikes a false note…Rare plays like this one help lift the veil.” —Los Angeles Times.

“WHITE PEOPLE is remarkable. The play seems less written than merely transcribed; there’s not one false turn of phrase in it.” —Philadelphia Inquirer.

“This play by J.T. Rogers is a sobering, unsettling but deeply rewarding look at a combustible issue many of us prefer to sidestep…WHITE PEOPLE is not easy to sit through. It raises questions as it challenges our assumptions about race.” —Salt Lake Tribune.