Yellow Face trailer from Theater J on Vimeo.

On Stage


January 29 - February 23, 2014

By David Henry Hwang
(regional premiere)

Directed by Natsu Onoda Power

Featuring Tonya Beckman, 
Mark Hairston, Stan Kang, Brandon McCoy, Sue Jin Song, Al Twanmo, Rafael Untalan, and Jacob Yeh
The lines between truth and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang's unreliable memoir. Fresh off his Tony Award win for M. Butterfly, Hwang leads a community protest against the casting of a famous white actor 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 for mixed-race, and casts him in the lead Asian role of his own new play.

When Hwang discovers the truth, he tries to conceal his blunder by passing the actor off as a "Siberian Jew." As Hwang struggles to ‘save face’ amidst family politics, international intrigue and government investigations, he explores timeless questions surrounding cultural identity, dual loyalty, and responsibility.

A 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist staged by the visionary director of Astro Boy and God of Comics.

“A laugh-out-loud comedy, and an unexpectedly poignant odyssey of self-discovery" —New York Sun

Running time: 2 hrs 10 minutes with 15 intermission


Tonya Beckman

Mark Hairston

Stan Kang

Brandon McCoy

Sue Jin Song

Al Twanmo

Rafael Untalan

Jacob Yeh