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What You Are

May 23 – June 23, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, May 30)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By JC Lee

Feeling adrift in a changing America he no longer recognizes, Don scrapes together a living and struggles to support his family through hard work and good intentions. But everything around him, from his younger co-workers, to the technology in his office job, to even his own opinionated daughter, seems alien to the certainties and stabilities he once knew. When a simple misunderstanding at work escalates into an all-out confrontation, Don hatches a plan to set right all the things he feels have gone wrong. Can the people who love him manage to hold him together? JC Lee’s Globe-commissioned world premiere is a riveting, of-the-moment exploration of the personal struggles that accompany sweeping social change. Contains strong language.


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JC Lee
JC Lee. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

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JC Lee (Playwright, What You Are)writes for theatre, film, and television. His play Luce received its world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater (with development supported by The Old Globe) and is currently being turned into a feature film starring Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts for release later this year. His play Relevance received its world premiere at MCC Theater this past winter. He has received commissions from The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, and New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, where his play warplay received its world premiere last summer and will subsequently be produced by Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia this fall. His television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC and both “Looking” and “Girls” on HBO, where he is developing a pilot based on The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook. He is currently working on the film adaptation of The Nutcracker for Warner Brothers with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and a pilot based on the life of Mistress Trinity, a professional dominatrix, for FX. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and The Juilliard School. @jclee1230.