White Noise

by  Suzan-Lori Parks

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's new play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Long-time friends and lovers Leo, Misha, Ralph, and Dawn are educated, progressive, cosmopolitan, and woke. But when a racially motivated incident with the cops leaves Leo shaken, he decides extreme measures must be taken for self-preservation.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
    Nominee! Daveed Diggs, 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

Reviews

NYT Critic's Pick! "Enthrallingly thought-packed! In burrowing deep into what one character calls 'the worm hole' of how we talk – and think – about race, Ms. Parks isn’t cutting anyone any slack. Herself included." - The New York Times

"The brilliance of Suzan-Lori Parks's eviscerating new play White Noise is that underneath the finely crafted, often sharply funny apparent realism of its surface, its roots stretch deep away into archetype." - Vulture

"Excellent! White Noise is both a thought-provoking and thoughtful examination of racism, and the vexed politics of race and identity that have tested interracial relations personally and politically to so many breaking points." - The Daily Beast

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Casting

2m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Suzan-Lori Parks

Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” in 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit TOPDOG/UNDERDOG. A MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, she has also been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the A ...

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