Thirty-somethings Leo, Misha, Ralph and Dawn have been inseparable since college.
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.
Suzan-Lori Parks is a multi-award-winning American playwright and the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog. Parks’ adaptation of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Her other works include The Book of Grace, Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical, In the Blood, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, The America Play and Fucking A. Her project 365 Days/365 Plays – where she wrote a play a day for an entire year – was produced in over 700 theatres worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theatre history. Parks is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. Her novel Getting Mother’s Body is published by Random House. She also works extensively in film and television, most recently, as the screenwriter for The United States vs Billie Holiday and, also premiering earlier this year, as showrunner/executive producer/head writer for Genius: Aretha. In her spare time she writes songs and fronts her band Sula & The Noise.
Polly Findlay returns to The Bridge where she previously directed Caryl Churchill’s A Number. Her other recent directing credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Limehouse for the Donmar Warehouse, The Alchemist and The Merchant of Venice for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Rutherford and Son, Beginning and As You Like It for the National Theatre.
Theatre includes Far Away and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse; The Son at the Kiln & West End; The Nico Project at Manchester International Festival and Melbourne Festival; Rutherford and Son, Absolute Hell, As You Like It, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Treasure Island, Edward II (set), Port and A Woman Killed With Kindness at the National Theatre; Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court / Abbey Theatre, Dublin / Public Theatre, Off-Broadway; Fireworks, Adler & Gibb, Gastronauts, The Witness, Our Private Life, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Ladybird and Jumpy (also West End) at the Royal Court; Yerma (also Off-Broadway), The Life of Galileo, Macbeth and A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic; Tipping the Velvet, Contains Violence and Absolute Beginners at the Lyric Hammersmith; The Skriker at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; Carmen Disruption at the Almeida; The Forbidden Zone at Salzburg / Berlin; All My Sons at Regent’s Park; A Sorrow Beyond Dreams at Burgtheater, Vienna; Longing, The Trial of Ubu and Tiger Country at Hampstead; The Rings of Saturn Schauspiel, Cologne; Happy Days at Sheffield Crucible; Far Away at Bristol Old Vic; I’ll Be the Devil, Days of Significance and The American Pilot for the RSC; and The Architects, Money, Tropicana, Amato Saltone, Ether Frolics, Dance Bear Dance, The Ballad of Bobby Francois and The Tennis Show for Shunt, which she co-founded in 1998.
Opera includes Mask of Orpheus, Orphee, Orpheus in the Underworld and Orpheus and Euridice at ENO; Nixon in China for Staatsoper Hanover; Jenufa for Nationale Opera & Ballet; La Traviata for Theater Basel / ENO; Pelléas et Mélisande for Teatr Wielki, Poland / Festival d’Aix en Provence; Le Vin Herbé for Staatsoper Berlin; and Bliss for Staatsoper Hamburg.