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 spotlight: Martin, a Brooklyn-born high powered attorney for a white-shoe law firm in St. Louis, MO; Mara Lynn, a housewife and former homecoming 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.
“Rogers is that rarest of creatures: an American playwright with a social conscience and the desire to make damning connections between human psychology and ideology.”
– Time Out New York
“The strength of White People, particularly in director Gus Reyes’ tight and swift production, is that it takes a volatile subject and never tries to dictate emotion or force a reaction.”
“Michael Shulman…as the well-intentioned but conflicted Alan is outstanding. His speech patterns, body language, and energy create a unique character whom you care about and with whom you can identify.”
“The play succeeds best in displaying how people can unwittingly exhibit bigotry even when they mean well. The actors, directed by Gus Reyes, are impressive, especially Ms. Brooksher, whose anger conceals a fragile helplessness.”
– The New York Times
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