The White Problem

The White Problem
by Jon Tuttle

Productions (5)
  • Drama
  • |
  • 45 - 60 minutes
  • 2 m
  • Content Notes: Some adult language
  • Set: One or two podiums on a bare stage.

The White Problem
by Jon Tuttle

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Productions (5)
  • Drama
  • |
  • 45 - 60 minutes
  • 2 m
  • Content Notes: Some adult language
  • Set: One or two podiums on a bare stage.

The White Problem dramatizes the remarkable life of Richard Greener, the first African-American to graduate from Harvard and one of the leading black intellectuals of the post-Reconstruction era. Facing a future rich with promise, he instead became a pawn in the battle for the hearts and minds of black Americans, was rejected by his wife and children, and died senile and utterly alone. Much of the text -- and the title -- is taken directly from his essays, speeches, and personal papers, and also incorporates the voices of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois and others.

Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $50
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $17.99

*The per performance fee begins at $50. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

The White Problem dramatizes the remarkable life of Richard Greener, the first African-American to graduate from Harvard and one of the leading black intellectuals of the post-Reconstruction era. Facing a future rich with promise, he instead became a pawn in the battle for the hearts and minds of black Americans, was rejected by his wife and children, and died senile and utterly alone. Much of the text -- and the title -- is taken directly from his essays, speeches, and personal papers, and also incorporates the voices of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois and others.

  • Drama
  • |
  • 45 - 60 minutes
  • 2 m
  • Content Notes: Some adult language
  • Set: One or two podiums on a bare stage.

Published Reviews

"A powerful text ... resonates on historical, literary and personal levels... In a master stroke, Tuttle lifts Greener's name from anonymity and ... reveals his heroism not in his race or class or gender, but in his humanity."

C. Reilly, Charleston City Paper

"A compelling piece that should be seen. It looks racism squarely in the eye. No holds barred."

Diane Sprung, Charleston Post and Courier

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FEB 01, 2002 - FEB 28, 2002
University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina
Spartanburg, SC United States
University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina Spartanburg, SC United States
NOV 01, 2001 - NOV 30, 2001
University of South Carolina , South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, SC United States
University of South Carolina , South Carolina State University Orangeburg, SC United States
NOV 01, 2001 - NOV 30, 2001
University of South Carolina, Francis Marion University
Florence, SC United States
University of South Carolina, Francis Marion University Florence, SC United States
MAY 26, 2001 - JUN 09, 2001
Piccolo Spoleto Festival, University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC United States
Piccolo Spoleto Festival, University of South Carolina Charleston, SC United States
APR 05, 2001 - APR 08, 2001
Longstreet Theatre, University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC United States
Longstreet Theatre, University of South Carolina Columbia, SC United States
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Awards (1)

Commissioned by the University of South Carolina for its bicentennial celebration