Second Stage Theater kicks off its 20th anniversary Uptown Series with 53% Of, a world-premiere play by Steph Del Rosso. Check back for information on 53% Of tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
53% Of takes its title from the percentage of white American women who voted for former President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. The statistic "became an obsession for me," Del Rosso said in a statement. "This play is my attempt to find a frank, dark, and funny way to talk about white women — the ones who voted for him and the ones who didn't.”
In the play, the president is coming to town, and the good ladies of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are beside themselves planning to give him a hero’s welcome; later, their husbands drink and posture during his swearing in. And in Brooklyn, a group of 20-something white women gather to plan . . . a revolution? Or is it a ritual to absolve their own guilt? 53% Of shines a spotlight on the status quo and shakes up our perceived notions of who calls themselves good and who pleads ignorance.
Tiffany Nichole Green directs.