Well-Intentioned White People

After an attack influenced by her race, Cass wants to just forget about it and move on with her life but her (white) roommate and the dean of the university push her to "make an example of it." Suddenly Cass is roped into planning a diversity day and trying to convince her roommate not to plan a sit-in. Well-Intentioned White People explores how liberals attempt to deal with discrimination not...
After an attack influenced by her race, Cass wants to just forget about it and move on with her life but her (white) roommate and the dean of the university push her to "make an example of it." Suddenly Cass is roped into planning a diversity day and trying to convince her roommate not to plan a sit-in. Well-Intentioned White People explores how liberals attempt to deal with discrimination not directed at them and how sometimes "well intentions" can be just as problematic.
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Well-Intentioned White People

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  • Jacquelyn Floyd-Priskorn:
    17 Jun. 2020
    Wow! This play is full of so much! In a world full of "well-intentioned" memes and marches, we see the emotional labor Cass is put through on a matter she doesn't need to be put through. Not to make everyone else feel better about what happened to her. This play is so elegantly crafted with realistic situations and dialogue. Theatres take note! But also take note of this very important line: "You can’t keep demanding “to help”, Mara. Learn how to ask." It's likely time many of us learn to listen more and ask before we act.
  • Lia Romeo:
    16 Jun. 2020
    I love this play, especially in this moment. It's so smart and so funny, and helps make the scope of the problem clear to the well-intentioned white people who might be reading or sitting in the audience.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    8 Jun. 2020
    Lynett has an exceptional talent for creating complex and deep characters, putting them in intense situations, and making everyone laugh until they cry. This play made me look at my life and my choices and think about how I have absolutely not listened and not given space to humans who actually need it. I can/should do better. Making an audience realize that, while giving room to laugh, is this play's greatest strength. It's okay to make your audience uncomfortable. This play should be done across the country. Read this play! And more of Rachel Lynett's work. AND PRODUCE HER!

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Awards

Winner
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Individual Artist Fellowship Award
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Arkansas Arts Council
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2018
Honorable Mention
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The List 2017
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The Kilroys
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2017