David Lee White

David Lee White

David Lee White is a New Jersey based playwright and educator that has worked with Passage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Dreamcatcher Rep, PlayPenn, Rider University and Drexel University among other theatres and theatre programs in the NJ/NY/PA area. He was recently commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Passage Theatre to create the play SANISM, which will premiere in 2017. In the summer of...
David Lee White is a New Jersey based playwright and educator that has worked with Passage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Dreamcatcher Rep, PlayPenn, Rider University and Drexel University among other theatres and theatre programs in the NJ/NY/PA area. He was recently commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Passage Theatre to create the play SANISM, which will premiere in 2017. In the summer of 2015, David created the show FIVE MINUTES TO PLACES for the McCarter Theatre Education Program’s Comedy Conservatory. His play BLOOD: A COMEDY was been produced at Passage Theatre (2009) and Dreamcatcher Rep (2012). David also worked with Passage’s Artistic Director June Ballinger to create the mainstage shows TRENTON LIGHTS and PROFILES, which made use of interviews with Trenton residents on the topics of race, identity and history in Trenton, NJ. His play SLIPPERY AS SIN also received its world premiere at Passage in 2011. The one-act play WHITE BABY was originally produced at Passage Theatre, then at Emerging Artists Theatre in NY. His newest play REAL TRUE CRIME received a reading in the Hive Exposed series in NY in March of 2015, and his solo show PANTHER HOLLOW will be seen at Dreamcatcher Rep, Drexel University and the United Solo Festival in the NY in the Fall of 2015. Since 2005, he has been creating oral-history based plays with Trenton area teens based on social and cultural issues. IF I COULD IN MY HOOD I WOULD… was about inner-city gangs, FIRE GIRLS took on the issue of girl-bullying and URBAN CENTRAL examined the 1967 race riots that took place a Trenton Central High. Subsequent shows in this vein include GET OFF THE BUS and BOBASHELA. He created “Stoop Theatre” with the Trenton High drama club and created the show THIS TRENTON LIFE which was the subject an Emmy-Award nominated broadcast on PCK Media’s STATE OF THE ARTS. David Lee White is the Associate Artistic Director and Resident Playwright at Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ He also runs the Passage Play Lab which has aided in the development of plays by New Jersey-based playwrights. David is also the curator of the Rider University New Play Festival , an instructor at PlayPenn in Philadelphia and teaches Dramatic Analysis at Drexel University. He is currently working on the play THE FESTIAL QUARTET and the musical LIVE STREAM with singer/songwriter Sarah Donner and director/co-creator Adam Immerwahr. The piece has been workshopped twice at Bristol-Riverside Theatre as part of their “America Rising” series.

Plays

  • FIXED
    *Fixed was originally commissioned by the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center – John Schreiber, President & CEO* What would you sacrifice for the people you love? Ronnie doesn’t want help. Valerie and Daryl don’t want to reunite. But high school vows bind pretty tightly. Broken promises and dark humor fill David Lee White’s new play about friendship, mental illness...
    *Fixed was originally commissioned by the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center – John Schreiber, President & CEO* What would you sacrifice for the people you love? Ronnie doesn’t want help. Valerie and Daryl don’t want to reunite. But high school vows bind pretty tightly. Broken promises and dark humor fill David Lee White’s new play about friendship, mental illness, and facing the truth.
  • Rocket Sex Magic
    In 1947, Jack Parsons came up with a plan to change the world using rocketships, ancient sorcery and group sex. It worked. Windom (Winnie) Wayland is a psychoanalyst living on a desert military base near Pasadena, California with his wife Betty. He struggles with marital strife, a suicidal patient, and the desire to live a more “normal” life. His world is turned upside-down when the military asks him to...
    In 1947, Jack Parsons came up with a plan to change the world using rocketships, ancient sorcery and group sex. It worked. Windom (Winnie) Wayland is a psychoanalyst living on a desert military base near Pasadena, California with his wife Betty. He struggles with marital strife, a suicidal patient, and the desire to live a more “normal” life. His world is turned upside-down when the military asks him to evaluate Jack Parsons – a rocket scientist with dreams of space travel who his responsible for some major technological breakthroughs. After his first meeting with Parsons, Winnie is whisked away into a world of the occult, mysterious phenomena, and sexual promiscuity that threatens to redefine the world he thought he knew.
  • BLOOD: A COMEDY
    Jacqueline Stanzi is a college professor, a lifelong atheist and the matriarch of a family that includes a snarky bi-sexual son who runs porn websites and a promiscuous daughter engaged to a born-again Christian. Jacqueline is also battling dementia and has recently been relieved of her duties at the college for teaching intelligent design in a biology class. On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, Jacqueline...
    Jacqueline Stanzi is a college professor, a lifelong atheist and the matriarch of a family that includes a snarky bi-sexual son who runs porn websites and a promiscuous daughter engaged to a born-again Christian. Jacqueline is also battling dementia and has recently been relieved of her duties at the college for teaching intelligent design in a biology class. On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, Jacqueline decides that what her family really needs is a good old-fashioned healthy dose of religion. It’s just too bad that she has absolutely no knowledge of how to make that happen. Or does she? As the evening wears on, memories of a secret past come to light, forcing the siblings to reassess their past, as well as the future of their family.
  • SLIPPERY AS SIN
    An "old dark house" mystery about our war on facts. It's 1931 and Dorrington, America's most brilliant detective, is trapped on an island with some of the country's most elite socialites. As the evening wears on and backstabbing plots are revealed, Dorrington becomes convinced that the house is under siege by Diabolicus - a master criminal that no one has ever seen, Dorrington realizes...
    An "old dark house" mystery about our war on facts. It's 1931 and Dorrington, America's most brilliant detective, is trapped on an island with some of the country's most elite socialites. As the evening wears on and backstabbing plots are revealed, Dorrington becomes convinced that the house is under siege by Diabolicus - a master criminal that no one has ever seen, Dorrington realizes that he must do whatever it takes to convince the others that Diabolicus is responsible - even if he doesn't even exist.
  • WAYS TO BE HAPPY (formerly REAL TRUE CRIME)
    Maddie is a 40 year old divorcee that never finished her grad school thesis and now sells coffee at Wawa. Between playing the lottery and talking about true crime stories with her retired friend Doreen, Maddie doesn’t have much of a life. She’s waiting for a sign. And then she gets one. And another, and another, and another…When a masked intruder named Charlie holds up the Wawa and asks Maddie to come on a...
    Maddie is a 40 year old divorcee that never finished her grad school thesis and now sells coffee at Wawa. Between playing the lottery and talking about true crime stories with her retired friend Doreen, Maddie doesn’t have much of a life. She’s waiting for a sign. And then she gets one. And another, and another, and another…When a masked intruder named Charlie holds up the Wawa and asks Maddie to come on a crime spree with him, Maddie embarks on a journey that leads her to a secluded cabin in the woods where she meets a philandering college professor, a female punk-rocker and a former child actor turned self-help guru. As the coincidences and signs continue to mount, Maddie discovers a childhood connection between herself and Charlie, as well as a priceless comic book that may prove to be her ticket to a better life. REAL TRUE CRIME is a play about middle-age, the search for meaning, sex, drugs and men in giant penguin suits.
  • The Festial Quartet - a play for Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass
    Eighteen year old Amy was the best piano player at Festial High School. After her tragic death, her four best friends – the Festial Quartet – join their Christian youth leader, Michael, to prepare for her memorial. When Amy’s grieving mother asks Michael to save the Festial Quartet’s souls, their fragile psyches begin to crack, forcing one of them to reveal a secret she’s been harboring for two years – a secret...
    Eighteen year old Amy was the best piano player at Festial High School. After her tragic death, her four best friends – the Festial Quartet – join their Christian youth leader, Michael, to prepare for her memorial. When Amy’s grieving mother asks Michael to save the Festial Quartet’s souls, their fragile psyches begin to crack, forcing one of them to reveal a secret she’s been harboring for two years – a secret that will change everyone’s perception of adolescence, adulthood, friendship and faith.