Tom Skerritt and Armie Hammer star in Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee's production

The first ever play by an Asian American woman to feature on Broadway will be performed next year.

Starring Tom Skerritt and Armie Hammer, Straight White Men will make history by being the first ever play written by an Asian American woman to appear on Broadway.

Written by experimental Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee, the play revolves around three brothers who visit their widowed father for Christmas. The brothers are forced to deal with issues such as identity and privilege.

Hammer will play one of the three sons and Skerrit will play the father.

Lee’s play will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro. David Byrne and Kathleen Hanna also reportedly collaborated on the production.

Straight White Men will begin previews on 29 June 2018 and will open on 23 July 2018.

A Quartz study found that 84.5% of all actors on Broadway were white in 2015-2016, whilst only two plays were written by women. The Dramatists Guild and Lilly Awards Foundation found that in plays released between 2011 and 2014, only 3.4% of 2,508 non-Broadway productions at 153 theaters were written by women of colour.

 

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