Hammer’s response is fire | Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore
Call Me By Your Name star Armie Hammer is currently in New York City starring in the new play Straight White Men.
The story, written by Young Jean Lee, is Broadway’s first production of a play by an Asian-American woman. This current iteration is a revival of the original 2014 run.
The story is a family comedy-drama, something well-known and loved in theater. Set on Christmas Eve, it showcases the reunion of widowed patriarch Ed (Stephen Payne) and his three grown sons (played by Josh Charles, Hammer, and Paul Schneider).
Another cast member is trans and gender non-conforming playright Kate Bornstein. They occupy a new role, alongside Ty DeFoe, not originally in the 2014 production, and act as a mini Greek chorus of the show.
At Wednesday’s performance, someone in the audience allegedly yelled out at Bornstein that they weren’t welcome.
Hammer had none of it.
Hammer referred to Bornstein as a ‘beloved friend, co-worker, and no family member’. To the audience member he simply wrote: “Feel free never to come back.’
Charles also chimed in with his own blunt statement.
Hammer also got into a Twitter conversation with another person who said they were in the audience right behind the woman.
He inquired about her seat number and said he would ‘pass this along to the appropriate people at the theater’.
It’s true and thank you
Bornstein penned a statement about the incident on Facebook, expressing gratitude for the support.
‘I’m deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support in response to an attempted shaming of me that happened during a performance of Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men” on Broadway last night,’ the post began.
Bornstein further wrote the reports of the outburst are true.
The post ended: ‘Look, “Straight White Men” is a great work of art. And great art does upset people. It happens all the time. Please know that I’m not upset, or afraid. I’m more than ever proud to be part of this show.
‘Again, thank you for your love and support.’