“Parks has written precisely the play for this anguished moment” – Alexis Soloski
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.
The Jewish Chronicle ★★★★★
"Its ambitious scope of ideas ensures that the play is funny, challenging, audacious and profoundly unsettling"The Daily Telegraph ★★★★
“It’s a blazing, bruising, urgent piece of theatre”Financial Times ★★★★
“An intentionally provocative play that coats its ugly premise with wit and words.”The Stage ★★★★
“Brilliant, savage, surrealist satire from the great Suzan-Lori Parks”Time Out ★★★★
“That sense of it being absolutely of the moment, makes its coruscating plea for people to find new ways of creating freedom and equality even more necessary.”What's On Stage ★★★★
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Approximately 2hrs 45mins including an interval
Captioned: Saturday 6 November 2.30pm
Audio Described: Wednesday 10 November 2.30pm
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Coriolanus, Antony & Cleopatra, Two Noble Kinsmen, The 7 Acts of Mercy, Wendy and Peter Pan, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare Birthday all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hay
Fever for Kay & Mclean Australia and Bath Theatre Royal and The Big Meal also for Bath Theatre Royal.
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Film includes This Nan’s Life and School’s Out Forever.
Theatre includes An Octoroon, Three Sisters and As You Like It all for the National Theatre, The Alchemist, Othello and The Merchant of Venice all for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Ghosts for Home Manchester.
Film includes The Witches, Christopher Robin and Look the Other Way and Run.
Television includes Sticks and Stones, Killing Eve, The Letter for the King, Upstart Crow and Catastrophe.
Theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare’s Globe, Standing at the Sky’s Edge for Sheffield Theatres, An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre, Bushmeat for High Tide, Twelfth Night for the Royal Exchange, The Rolling Stone for the Orange Tree and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Custody for Faith Drama Productions and Talawa Theatre Company and Walk in the Light for the National Theatre.
Television includes We are Lady Parts and Endeavour.
Film includes Love Type D.
Theatre includes The Deep Blue Sea for Chichester Festival Theatre, Measure for Measure (Ian Charleson Award Commendation), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Lady from the Sea all for The Donmar Warehouse, Love Me Now at Tristan Bates Theatre, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at The Old Vic.
FILM includes Pinocchio.
RADIO includes The Tempest (BBC Radio 3).
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.
Marc Tritschler is a pianist, music director, music supervisor, arranger and composer of music for the theatre. He is Creative Director of Music at the National Theatre.
Still House works 30 Cecil Street and Of Riders and Running Horses have toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally. His latest, SESSION, is an outdoor dance event made in collaboration with 25+ young performers in Tottenham. Commissioned by LIFT Festival, it
premiered at LIFT 2018 before undertaking two UK tours.
Theatre composing includes The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse; Macbeth for the National Theatre’s UK and Ireland tour; Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Ibsen’s Ghosts at HOME, Manchester; and The Merchant of Venice for the RSC. He was music director for both As You Like It and Complicité’s A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer at the National Theatre. Before moving to the UK, Tritschler held a permanent conducting position as Deputy Music Director at the revue theatre Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. He was also the European Music Supervisor for We Will Rock You Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Belgium and Music Director for the German Premiere of War Horse at Theater des Westens in Berlin.
Lily Mollgaard has worked on over 270 productions in the West End, on Broadway and elsewhere. She ran the props department at Shakespeare’s Globe and was Prop Supervisor for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures which included Car Men, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Red Shoes.
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