Yellow Face

  • Dates: June 22, 2022 - July 3, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Venue: Theatre Raleigh
  • Location: North Raleigh
  • Address: 6638 Old Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616
  • Times: See website
  • Admission: See website for tickets

About

Yellow Face explores the lines between truth and fiction; they blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang’s unreliable memoir. Asian-American playwright DHH, fresh off his Tony Award win for M. Butterfly, leads a protest against the casting of Jonathan Pryce as the Eurasian pimp in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, condemning the practice as “yellowface.” His position soon comes back to haunt him when he mistakes a Caucasian actor, Marcus G. Dahlman, for mixed-race, and casts him in the lead Asian role of his own Broadway-bound comedy, Face Value. When DHH discovers the truth of Marcus’ ethnicity, he tries to conceal his blunder to protect his reputation as an Asian-American role model by passing the actor off as a “Siberian Jew.”