Studio Visit

12:30–2am / Oct 6 / Elebash Hall


Whitney White

critical response

Tobi Haslett

Photo by Timothy Edward Craig


Omarosa. A personality, a paradox, a woman. Whatever your opinion, there is a way that she and other African American women in the media present themselves to the public. It is as much about the woman behind the image as it is about the audience that absorbs them. But how much are our perceptions of image affected by race, gender, and a false communal morality? A look at black female politics of respectability and death by media. Inspired by Omarosa Manigault.

Created by Whitney White
Sound Design: Dan Rosato
Direction: Miranda Haymon

Whitney White is a Caribbean-American director, writer, and musician based in Brooklyn. Original work: Definition (2019 Sundance Theatre Lab), Macbeth in Stride (2019 Under the Radar Festival, The Public Theater), Directing: A Human Being, of a Sort (Williamstown Theatre Festival), What to Send Up When It Goes Down (The Movement, NYT Critics’ Pick), Jump (PlayMakers Rep, NNPN Rolling World Premiere), Canyon (IAMA, LA Times Critics’ Choice), An Iliad (Long Wharf), and Othello (Trinity Rep). Whitney is an associate artist at The Roundabout, and current recipient of the Susan Stroman Directing Award. MFA: Brown University / Trinity Rep. BA: Northwestern University.

Upcoming: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer at WP / Second Stage, For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad by Zawe Ashton at Soho Rep, The Amen Corner by James Baldwin at Shakespeare Theatre


Insta: @yesimwhitneywhite

Critical Respondent

Tobi Haslett has written about literature, art, and film for n+1, Artforum, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. He wrote the introduction to Horse Crazy, a novel by Gary Indiana from 1989, reissued in September by Seven Stories Press, and recently contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue for a retrospective of the Iranian-American theatre director Reza Abdoh.

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