66 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
A stag party in the wilderness awakens four friends to their true natures in this exciting UK premiere from Jonathan Caren (Gypsy, Netflix; The Sinner, Netflix; Rise, NBC; A Million Little Things, ABC), one of America’s most acclaimed playwrights.
Multi-award winning director Teddy Bergman brings to life Four Woke Baes which considers just how liberal ‘woke’ boys really are when they’re alone together, out in nature, beers in hand. As four friends head off on a camping trip for a stag do, things get turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious young woman at their campsite. In this dark comedy, over the course of a long night of drinking, surprise stripteases and smore-making, groom-to-be, Dez, comes to question his principles and the very nature of love and monogamy.
Four Woke Baes looks at traditional monogamy in a time when men and women have more options than ever before, from dating apps to polyamory to virtual sex. By recognising our carnal instincts and talking about our hypocricies, sometimes we can feel less in the dark. Caren’s writing unflinchingly explores masculinity, both toxic and misguided, and its effect on all of us. Cynical and raw, hilarious and awkward, the play dramatises the way our psychology, and the traumas we all carry, end up dictating our actions far more than any political correctness could.
Director Teddy Bergman comments, This show feels especially timely amidst the international conversation occasioned by the #metoo movement. Four Woke Baes explores the possibility and impossibility of love, friendship and connection in a time where toxic notions of masculinity have been fatally ingrained in men. Deep down, in every ‘woke boy’, there is a point where his good politics end, and his bad behaviour still lives, like a furnace with the coals at a low glow, ready to ignite.