Lee will be the first ever Asian-American woman playwright to have her work on Broadway. For its Broadway debut, Anna D. Shapiro will direct the show, which stars ONTD fave Armie Hammer, as well as Tom Skeritt, Josh Charles, and Paul Schneider. The play centers on a widower and his three adult sons, who are home for the holidays.
Hammer, on why he's doing theater now after training as a theatrical actor but working exclusively in film:
"The easy answer is that it scared me. I’ve come to realize that the point of life is not to be comfortable—you should be in some sort of discomfort and pain at any given moment because that’s the only way to grow, as an actor and as a person. Plus, the play is so brilliant and prescient and timely—it deals so well with the concepts of toxic masculinity and white privilege, which we’re finally reckoning with as a society. And I thought, Not only will I get to push myself and do a play on Broadway but I’ll also get to be part of something that really has something to say."
Lee, on writing a typical three act play after a lot of experimentation with structure and form earlier in her career:
"To me, the naturalistic three-act play feels like the straight white male of theatrical forms. I noticed that straight white maleness, which used to be the default, seemed to have become a label. And I noticed straight white men adapting to suddenly having to take on this label, the way marginalized people have had labels applied to them forever. And then I realized that I could make an identity-politics show about that—it seemed like a really difficult challenge.”
It's ridiculous that Lee is the first Asian-American woman playwright on Broadway. Do you do things that scare you, ONTD?