Yellow Face

Play

Writers: David Henry Hwang

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2007
Genres
Drama
Settings
Contemporary
Time & Place
New York, California
Cast Size
small
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

Yellow Face is David Henry Hwang's self-mocking drama about his reaction to the casting of Caucasian actor Jonathan Pryce as a Eurasian character in the Broadway musical, Miss Saigon. Hwang was loudly critical of the casting choice, and he decides to write a play about the experience. He finds the perfect actor, “Marcus G. Dahlman“ to play the lead Eurasian role, only he doesn't realize that Marcus is not Asian. When Hwang discovers that Marcus is white, he invents a story that Marcus has Siberian-Jewish ancestry. Meanwhile, Hwang's father, HYH, is caught in a political contribution scandal, and the two of them are forced to examine their relationship and heritage. Yellow Face is a sideways look at Hwang's common themes of race and assimilation. Almost all actors play multiple roles, many of them real people in politics, the media, and theatre.

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