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White Noise

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European premiere of a new play by the Pulitzer-Prize winner, examining race in the 21st century
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Making their way together in the big city, they are liberal, open-minded and socially aware. Misha is producing the hit online show ‘Ask A Black’; Ralph is waiting for tenure at his university, and as a lawyer, Dawn spends her days fighting for social justice. Leo would be a talented visual artist – if only he could sleep. As best friends and lovers, confident in their woke-ness, their connection with each other is stronger than anything else – until, that is, Leo is assaulted by the police in a racially motivated incident. Shaken to the core, he brings to the group an extreme proposition.

Written by Suzan-Lori Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Topdog/Underdog and Father Comes Home from the Wars, White Noise takes an unflinching look at race in the 21st century from both a black and white perspective. After an acclaimed world premiere at the Public Theater in New York, it has its European premiere at The Bridge, directed by Polly Findlay.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks returns to London with her most shocking work yet. The Bridge Theatre hosts the UK premiere of White Noise, following its acclaimed world premiere at The Public Theater in New York. White Noise is on sale now. Book White Noise tickets now.

College friends Leo, Misha, Ralph and Dawn have long been the perfect crew. Ralph is with Misha; he’s closing in on tenure, and her online show ‘Ask A Black’ is a hit. Dawn is with Leo; she’s a social justice advocate, and he’s a visual artist who can’t seem to sleep. But after Leo is assaulted by a racist police officer, the group’s foundations are shaken when he brings them a radical proposal.

White Noise premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 2019. Parks’ powerful, disquieting new play was a sold out hit and received widespread critical acclaim. New York Times chief critic Ben Brantley declared it “enthrallingly thought-packed,” while Alexis Soloski wrote in The Guardian that the play will “provoke and disturb you.” The Bridge Theatre now hosts the celebrated play’s European debut.

Parks was the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other heralded works by Parks include Topdog/Underdog, Father Comes Home from the Wars, and her book adaptation for the musical Porgy and Bess. Parks is a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant recipient and spent several years as resident playwright at The Public.

White Noise is a theatrical, gripping and truly unsettling new play which rips the mask off polite society and questions how truly any of us live by our supposed beliefs. Book White Noise tickets now.

What to Watch For

  • In its New York bow, White Noise starred celebrated actor and rap artist Daveed Diggs, best known for his work in the hit musical Hamilton.
  • The White Noise play was the seventh play by Parks to be produced by The Public Theater. The Public will soon host another new work by Parks, titled Plays for the Plague Year, in 2022.
  • Director Polly Findlay returns to The Bridge for White Noise in London. Findlay previously directed Caryl Churchill’s A Number at the Bridge Theatre in 2020. That production was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Many of Parks’ works have received their European premieres at the Royal Court Theatre, including Topdog/Underdog and Father Comes Home From The Wars.
  • The themes of racial justice and police brutality explored in White Noise presaged the worldwide reckoning around Black lives which shook the world in 2020, one year after the play premiered.
Start date

October 4th, 2021

End date

November 13th, 2021

Genre

Play

Venue

Bridge Theatre

European premiere of a new play by the Pulitzer-Prize winner, examining race in the 21st century

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