About the show:

When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?

For more details check out the NY Times Review of the show when it played at The Public Theater: Straight White Men Review

Show Dates:

Opening Weekend:

  • Friday, May 12th @ 8PM
  • Saturday, May 13th @ 8PM
  • Sunday, May 14th @ 3PM

2nd Weekend:

  • Friday, May 19th @ 8PM
  • Saturday, May 20th @ 8PM
  • Sunday, May 21st @ 3PM
  • Monday, May 22nd @ 8PM (INDUSTRY NIGHT)

Closing Weekend:

  • Thursday, May 25th @ 8PM
  • Friday, May 26th @ 8PM
  • Saturday, May 27th @ 8PM
  • Sunday, May 28th @ 3PM


Simon Kaplan as ED

After acting professionally in Australia and Europe for most of the 1980s, with decreasing amounts of employment and fulfillment, Simon Kaplan took 25 years off. Since dipping his toe back in the water two years ago, he has been busy. Highlights including playing Andy in Love Letters and Sir Toby in Twelfth Night with Bare Theatre, Menenius in Coriolanus and Chaderton in Written on the Heart with Burning Coal, and Claudius in Hamlet and Lear in King Lear, this September, with Honest Pint. He is very happy to have been asked to join this talented crew.


Brian Thacker as MATT

Brian is excited to be making his Sonorous Road debut in Straight White Men.  His acting credits include Little Green Pig’s Celebration, Owl Tree Theatre’s Paragoria & Death of the Oldest Dog in the world, and fourteen years entertaining crowds with improv comedy.  He is thankful for his family and friends that give constant love and support.


Nick Popio as DREW

Nick Popio is barely trained and is learning on the boards instead of the classroom. Favorite roles include Betty/Edward in Cloud 9, Hamlet in Hamlet, Major Guillem Renard in Brabo, Jack Dapper in The Roaring Girl, and Ferdinand in The Tempest. He also played Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, which won a special place in his heart because he met his amazing wife, Ashley, who will always be his Katrina. 


Sean Wellington as JAKE

Sean Wellington is excited and grateful for the opportunity to play Jake in Sonorous Road Production's Straight White Men. Recent credits include Washington in Justice Theater Project's Zuccotti Park and Young Priest in Burning Coal's Written on the Heart. Sean is also currently producing/directing SEVEN, a documentary play, which runs March 31- April 2 at the Living Arts Collective in Durham and Sonorous Road Theatre April 4 - April 6 (www.sottovocetheatre.com). "Thank you to everyone involved in this dynamic journey!”

The Director

Sonorous Road is honored to welcome Egla Hassan as a special guest Director for Straight White Men

Egla Birmingham Hassan is an accomplished director and professor of theatre whose 32-year career at Western Illinois University includes heading the MFA program in directing, writing several children’s plays, and directing a large number of plays, musicals and operas. Some of her more recent productions have included Miss Saigon, Intimate Apparel, Othello, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Clybourne Park. As a director she is attracted to stories that provide an audience with the opportunity to look at our world and to do something—that something might simply be to laugh. Plays that explore the issues, feelings and ideas that we have in common, regardless of our cultural differences are of particular interest.

Egla was born in Republic of Panama, enjoys traveling, and lives in Texas.