Tony Award nominee Denis Arndt (Heisenberg) has joined the company of the Broadway production of Young Jean Lee’s dark comedy, STRAIGHT WHITE MEN directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Mr. Arndt will perform the role of Ed, replacing Tom Skerritt, who has departed the production for personal reasons.
Denis Arndt received a 2017 Tony nomination for Best Lead Actor in Play for his portrayal of Alex Priest in Simon Stephen’s Heisenberg (MTC). New York: The Ballad of Soapy Smith, Richard II (Public Theatre). His many regional credits include productions at the Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Artists Repertory, Kansas City Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Intiman, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre. At Oregon Shakespeare Festival he performed title roles in King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Brand, The Father, and Coriolanus as well as leading roles in The Tempest, The Dance of Death, The Devil’s Disciple, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Wild Oats, Othello, The Entertainer. TV and film credits include Basic Instinct, Distant Thunder, Metro, Dolphin Tale 2, Bandidas, Sniper 3, Anacondas, S.W.A.T., Undisputed, How To Make An American Quilt, Firebeetle, Serious Money, “Mr. Mercedes,” “The Good Fight,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Supernatural,” Boston Legal,” “24,” “The Practice,” “CSI.”
The production also features Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty Defoe, Armie Hammer, and Paul Schneider. Ms. Bornstein, Mr. Charles, Mr. Defoe, Mr. Hammer and Mr. Schneider are all making their Broadway debuts with this production.
Straight White Men’s, playwright Young Jean Lee will become the first Asian-American female playwright to be produced on Broadway. Anna D. Shapiro will be making her Second Stage directorial debut with this production. As the Artistic Director of Steppenwolf Theatre, Ms. Shapiro won a Tony Award for her direction of August: Osage County in 2008.
In Straight White Men it’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash talking, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can’t answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they are forced to confront their own identities. Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee takes a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama. This is one white Christmas like you’ve never seen before.
Straight White Men will begin previews at the Helen Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street) on Friday, June 29, 2018. Opening night for Straight White Men is Monday, July 23.
A limited number of 30 under 30 tickets are also available via telechargeoffers.com using code 30UNDER30 for people ages 30 and under with proper identification.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Second Stage Theater’s current season at The Tony Kiser Theater includes the New York premiere of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe, directed by Lila Neugebauer currently in previews.