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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  • Ellen Koivisto:
    9 Dec. 2018
    "Protesting is the new brunch for white people." Tenure's the carrot, and well intentioned white people are the stick -- white people wielding white privilege like a sledge-hammer to smash everything around them into a shape they like, usually in the name of racial solidarity. And there's an actual, real live Becky in the piece (though she goes by Mara). This play is taut and tense and funny, frightening at times, somewhat booze-soaked, and really good. Highly recommended!
  • Donna Hoke:
    1 May. 2018
    This play packs a punch--of reality, self-examination, pragmatism, and idealism--in a trio of strong, funny, relatable characters who are able to convey the difficulties of trying to navigate the current climate. I'm thrilled it's getting a world premiere at such a prominent theater and feel confident that's only the beginning. It's wonderful work!
  • Sharai Bohannon:
    11 Dec. 2017
    I love this play! As usual Rachel tackles something that's very hard to discuss but in a manner that marries her sense of humor with her honest demeanor. Her words, and ideas, need to produced much more often starting with this script.

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