CALL ME BY YOUR NAME star Armie Hammer will be making his Broadway debut next June when he appears in the acclaimed play STRAIGHT WHITE MEN. But the production will be notable for another theatrical first: it will be the first play written by an Asian American woman to appear on Broadway.
The dark comedy, written by Korean American playwright Young Jean Lee, follows the story of three brothers who visit their widowed father over the holidays and premiered in 2014.
The production is part of an effort by Second Stage to bring more new works by diverse playwrights to Broadway. On the topic of becoming the first Asian American woman to pen a Broadway show, Lee told the New York Times: “On the one hand, that’s great, but it’s also like, ‘Oh, why hasn’t there been another Asian-American female on Broadway?’”