Donald Sutherland

Exploring connectivity in 'Six Degrees of Separation'

Exploring connectivity in 'Six Degrees of Separation'

Only six people, six connections, separate every human on the planet from any other human, according to theory of six degrees of separation.

In other words, we're all somehow connected.

John Guare's play "Six Degrees of Separation" follows Paul, a young black man, as his life intertwines with the lives of several elite New Yorkers.

In doing so, the play tells a story of human connection, but that's not what director Mike Empson initially expected.

As Empson, director of the Williamsburg Players' production, studied and analyzed the play, the themes most apparent, he said, "were things like race relations, class warfare and the social...