You Can't Say That
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lucy Wright and William Missouri Downs
You Can’t Say That is a comedy about the labels we attach to each other and how we act as if those labels capture the sum total of who we are. The story centers around Chris, a white newly hired adjunct professor in a diverse English department, who is assigned Dorothy, a transwoman as his TA. Chris attempts to act ‘woke,” but his ultra-conservative childhood haunts him. The University’s poorly produced diversity and inclusion training webinar “You Can’t Say That” only complicates things. This quick-moving comedy features a diverse cast and is filled with ridiculous webinars and student-written absurdist plays-within-the-play.