You Can't Say That

February 28, 2020 to February 29, 2020
Hormel Theatre

By William Missouri Downs and Lucy Wright

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.


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The Artists

The Artists

Creative Team

Lucy Wright — Playwright
William Downs — Playwright
Michelle Chin* — Director
A.R. Corwin — Dramaturge
Michelle Elias* — Stage Manager


Will Hightower — Chris
Moya Angela* — Deja
Sonia Rodriguez Wood — Maxine
Lamar Overton — Buddy
Andy Cahoon — Christian
Ava Kiehle — Dorothy
Crystal Lutton — Stage Directions Reader

*Courtesy of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors & stage managers in the U.S.