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A play about straight white men on Broadway makes history

July 24, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The play that just opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway may have a cast dominated by white men but history has been made behind the scenes.

Young Jean Lee became the first Asian-American woman playwright to have a play open on Broadway when “Straight White Men” made its official debut on Monday night.

Breaking the glass ceiling for Asian-American woman playwrights was a special honor for Lee. But that distinction comes with some pressure she says “because you want that door to stay open.”

The playwright is thankful for shows like “Hamilton” for helping pave the way, by proving “shows by people of color, featuring people of color... could fill houses.”

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