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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  • Nick Malakhow:
    9 Jan. 2020
    This is a truly excellent, insightful play with some amazing, cringe-inducing (in the best possible way) moments. Cass is a compelling protagonist who is easy to root for the entire time. While each of the "well-intentioned white people" populating this piece say and do things that make you squirm, they are absolutely believable as humans with misguided yet credible motivations. I read this quickly in one sitting and feel that, no doubt, this would be a fast-paced, funny, and potent night of theater on its feet. Its humor is disarming and helps the truths read and cut more sharply.
  • Jamil Jude:
    20 Dec. 2019
    A play that captures the challenges of a "post-racial" society. Rachel has envisioned a world where the micro-aggressions her protagonist face cut deeper than the very real racially-motivated acts she is subjected to. The playwright does not offer an easy salve to the masses but has created a moving piece that should ask all of us to wake up and aspire to do more
  • Alie Karambash:
    27 Feb. 2019
    This play does a wonderful job at re-centering the movements for social change back to the people these movements are actually supposed to be about. It calls out our white apologetic liberal friends for their unhelpful habits and shows the consequences those habits has on the marginalized people.

Development History

Production History

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