Meetup #44: How to Be a White Man


For WWSF’s 44th Meetup we had our first opportunity to see the work of FaultLine Theater, a 5 year old company with a mission to “amplify the voices of women, queer people, and people of color.”

How to Be a White Man, written by Luna Malbroux and Jennifer Lewis, follows one woman’s mission to rewrite the recipe for white male privilege so that everybody can get a piece of that pie. With lessons such as “The key to a great non-apology” and “Did you know you’re an expert?” How to Be a White Man gives you a generous helping of satire with a dash of cold, hard truth. Based on comedian Luna Malbroux’s experience as a queer Black woman combined with real interviews with folks all over the country, this all-new comedy takes a bold look at race, sexuality, and gender.

Female theater artists on the project include: Luna Malbroux (playwright/actor), Jennifer Lewis (playwright), Nikki Menez (director), Beth Hall (stage manager), Stephanie Wilborn (dramaturgy), Akaina Gosh (actor), Ashley Genarelli (actor), Jennifer Green (actor), Jessica Jones (actor), Linda Giron (actor), Sophia Craven (lights), Kitty Torres (costumes), Sara Witsch (sound), and Karen Loccisano (graphic design).

If you saw the show with the WWSF Meetup group or on your own, please leave a comment and let the artists know what you thought about the work!


2 responses to “Meetup #44: How to Be a White Man

  1. First of all, I have to say it was exciting to see this show in a packed house, and to learn that the entire run of the show is already sold out!! Kudos to the FaultLine team for building such a strong following for this piece. The most successful sections of the piece to me were the interstitial monologues that unpacked the idea of white male privilege from a variety of characters and personal perspectives. I was pleasantly surprised that the show had a narrative through line – I’d expected more of a sketch format from a piece written by someone who is also working in standup. I enjoyed the meta-format as well – playwright/actor Luna Malbroux playing a version of herself, examining where and how to use privilege to her advantage. Actors Linda Giron and Akaina Ghosh as a fellow comic and Luna’s partner respectively were standout foils for different aspects of her life, and Ashley Gennarelli’s overly sensitive fan provided one of the more cringe-y moments of the evening.

  2. The show’s sold-out run is a testament to the significance of the topic – we all need to think more about white privilege and male privilege and how we can unpack the effects of privilege on ourselves and our communities. I was impressed with the commitment of the ensemble – this show was serious fun! The best kind of comedy – you open your mouth wide to laugh and swallow a dash of deep truth at the same time. I hope FaultLine will keep producing such relevant work that creates more room onstage for many voices and viewpoints.

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