White Noise

White Noise

White Noise

By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
September 26–November 10, 2019
West Coast premiere

Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission

Leo, Dawn, Ralph, and Misha are old friends. The two 30-something couples are educated, progressive, and cosmopolitan. But when a racially motivated incident with the police leaves Leo shaken, he makes a radical proposition to Ralph that forever alters the relationship between these four friends—and their view of the world.

Brave, intelligent, and eviscerating, White Noise by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most talked about new plays tackling our rapidly unraveling social contract. We’re proud to be the only regional theatre outside New York to present White Noise this year.

Creative team

Suzan-Lori Parks · Playwright
Jaki Bradley · Director
Adam Rigg · Scenic Design
Tilly Grimes · Costume Design
Alexander V. Nichols · Lighting and Video Design
Mikaal Sulaiman · Sound Design
Caparelliotis Casting · Casting
Chris Waters · Stage Manager
Caity Mulkearns · Associate Costume Designer
Irene Wilson and Tim Cagle II · Bowling Coaches
Joe Gery · Casting Associate
Dave Maier · Fight Consultant
Maya Herbsman · Intimacy Consultant
Tait Adams · Production Assistant


Therese Barbato · Dawn
Nick Dillenburg · Ralph
Chris Herbie Holland · Leo
Aimé Donna Kelly · Misha

Realism has never limited Parks, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Topdog/Underdog…Maybe no one would ever do what Leo does, but this is what the world feels like. White Noise insists that its audiences feel it, too. It knows that American slavery flourishes all around us, and it knows that more polite or so-called realistic theater about race hasn’t spurred change.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent performances…exciting and sophisticated…The finest sections of White Noise are the four powerful soliloquies, during which Parks’ writing shines and enables the audience to experience the three-dimensionality of her well-drawn characters. It is also where the talented actors deliver their best work.”


Watch now

Official trailer: White Noise

Get a sneak peek at the West Coast premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ play that examines nuances of white privilege and racism in America today. Directed by Jaki Bradley and featuring Therese Barbato, Nick Dillenburg, Chris Herbie Holland, and Aimé Donna Kelly.

Behind the scenes: White Noise

The cast and director Jaki Bradley share their thoughts on Suzan-Lori Parks’ new play.

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