The originator of the phrase “Six Degrees of Separation” is a play inspired by an
actual incident—a young African-American man gained access to the homes of
upper class New Yorkers by pretending to be the son of actor Sidney Poitier. Six
Degrees of Separation is a witty, biting, yet ultimately sincere commentary on
what drives people: the desire for money, fame, social standing, comfort, and, for
the lucky, a desire for meaningful human connection.