Leo, Dawn, Ralph, and Misha are four longtime friends and sometimes lovers who are coming into their own in the city, until a violent police encounter prompts Leo to suggest an audacious experiment that unmasks long-simmering secrets among the group. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks brings her bold sense of humor and history to a story about four thirtysomethings in a not-at-all post-racial world.
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White Noise is generously underwritten by Amy Weinberg and Norbert Hornstein.
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 Gershwin’s 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, Father Comes Home From the Wars (parts 1, 2, and 3) 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. 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.
(As of June 2021)
Reginald L. Douglas is a director, producer, and advocate dedicated to creating new work and supporting new voices. This is his second season as Studio’s Associate Artistic Director. He has directed work at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Audible, TheaterWorks, CATF, Everyman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Arizona Theatre Company, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Barrington Stage, TheatreSquared, Playwrights’ Center, Profile Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, The Kennedy Center, Florida Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Third Rail, Luna Stage, Harlem Stage, wild project, The Pershing Square Signature Center, Drama League, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop (where he was an inaugural 2050 Directing Fellow), and City Theatre, where he served as Artistic Producer from 2015-2020.
Reginald has developed and directed plays and musicals by Dominique Morisseau, Cori Thomas, Angelica Chéri, Lynn Nottage, Nikkole Salter, Kemp Powers, Jen Silverman, Ngozi Anyanwu, Brian Quijada, Matt Schatz, Amy Evans, R. Eric Thomas, Zakiyyah Alexander, Imani Uzuri, Dave Harris, Francisca Da Silveira, Khalil Kain, Chisa Hutchinson, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Josh Wilder, Larry Powell, Harrison David Rivers, Donja R. Love, Nick Malakhow, Herb Newsome, Craig “muMs” Grant, Korde Arrington Tuttle, a.k. payne, Jessica Dickey, Laura Brienza, Kevin R. Free, Brent Askari, and Micah Ariel Watson. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National New Play Network and is on the faculties of the O’Neill’s National Theater Institute and his alma mater, Georgetown University. Reginald is the recipient of the National Theatre Conference's 2020 Emerging Professional Award. reginalddouglas.com.
(As of July 2021)