WHITE PEOPLE DRINKING: The Anxieties and Fallacies of the American Dream.

"If you think it's about you -- you're probably right"

Ever had something to say, but didn't because you wanted to be polite and PC? Then did you mull about what you could have said for the rest of the night? White People Drinking is those conversations. It serves all the topical taboo scenarios we fear on a silver platter of wit and whimsy. Rooted in a modern political satire, WPD highlights the dangers of complacency and contentment by poking fun at the plethora of cookie cutter modern dramas that usually consist of families drinking and yelling at each other. This one of a kind comedy sits you down at a dinner party full of secrets, opinions, and unfiltered drunk words.  This philosophical, full tilt, facade filled commentary leaves no stone unturned, pulls no punches, and promises to offend in every fantastic way. 

It is proud to be making it's world premiere at the fantastic Three Clubs in Hollywood.  For tickets please visit this websites ticket page at the top of the site. Show runs 2 hours with an intermission. 

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? 

Most of our social interactions are based on set standards and the rules of politeness.  We like feeling like we are unique, special, in a world of our own, but this tends to isolate us from real conversations. Imagine for a second, everyone said what they were thinking, sure things would be creatively awkward for extended periods of time, but it might offer up some real human connection.  Philosophers have been studying the cause and effect of human interaction for centuries, trying to harness the true meaning of reactions and reason. WHITE PEOPLE DRINKING carries a similar thematic style, much like Plato's SYMPOSIUM. 

 

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Plato's Symposium is one of the first dialogue driven, dinner theatre drama pieces. It focuses on the intricacies of love and loves ever illusive origins. By providing a platform for thespians to narrate Plato's thought process, the philosopher is allowed to paint a sense of realism; a social sedative that calms an otherwise judgmental audience.  This is why so much of American Theatre deals with realism. The more approachable pieces are on an intellectual, real level, the easier it is for an audience to trust the spoken word, something Plato understood thousands of years ago.  

White People Drinking (WPD) attempts to follow a very similar structure by defining human interaction in a very similar way.  Abstract in its Realism. The play takes an ordinary scenario (Dinner Party) and adds dialogue that isn't usually accepted in hyper-comfortable situations. By doing this, it plays to our subconscious thought; if these conversations are happening on stage and I've never heard them before, how can they be trusted? This question is one of the main themes of the piece.  To ask the question of ourselves, why aren't certain topics available for popularized discussion.  What makes an opinion valuable aside from the praise it receives for it's execution and the platform it has to grow? Take Neitzche's Human, All Too Human...

“He who speaks a bit of a foreign language has more delight in it than he who speaks it well; pleasure goes along with superficial knowledge.”

“He who speaks a bit of a foreign language has more delight in it than he who speaks it well; pleasure goes along with superficial knowledge.”

Neitzche's Human, All Too Human praises those who can become 'free' over time. Free to him, meaning one who can deny convention of thought and identity by finding solace in their own immediate path. This is a central moral to WPD's main characters, Bishop and Jennifer Lesley.  Their goal overall, is to shepherd a sort of herd mentality into a more free existence.  Of course this is done with stylized resistance, but they care more for the message than of the obstacles. Neitzche had problems with multiple things but none more than organized religion and interestingly enough alcohol.  It's safe to say that Neitzche was not one for forcing ideals or giving into chemical imbalances that design weaker cognitive systems. No, he didn't appreciate how easily societies catered to comfortable beliefs; beliefs sacrificing responsibility for contentment.  By utilizing his philosophies, WPD is set to inspire 'free thinking' and disrupt the drunken comfort we as a society so dutifully rely. 

Which is where Henry David Thoreau comes to play.  

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience is a triumph in American Philosophy and has been an instrument in most Civil Rights movements since it's creation. Thoreau places blame on mankind's desperation.

 "There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things".

WPD discusses these desperations and also references Thoreau's and another famous philosopher Friedrich Hayek's belief that 'voting' isn't an absolute freedom.  The illusion of 'choice', the illusion of 'independence', these topics  more throughly compare what we know, what we want to know, what we don't to know, and how we want to see things. Throreau envisions a world less run by government as Neitzche envisions a world less run by constructive market. Different countries, different ideologies, both fixated on uninhibited, relentless self-reliance. 

"Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man?"

We Implore you to study these faithful philosophers upon viewing this piece.  We believe it will provide the context and headspace necessary to truly open yourself to the text.  These types of projects are about discussion, as theatre is the space to hold these conversations.  No other medium in the world provides a more comfortable realm for realities never seen.  Thank you for reading this far and we cannot wait for you to see the show!