Mu Performing Arts' production of YELLOW FACE opens February 6 and continues through February 21 in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie. Single tickets range from $18 to $30, and are available from the Guthrie box office at 612-377-2224 or online at www.guthrietheater.org.
This comic, head-spinning story - in which mistaken racial identities collide with family, media, and politics - earned Hwang his third Obie Award in 2008 and made him a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Incorporating elements of his artistic and personal life, YELLOW FACE begins as DHH (Reyes), fresh from the success of his Tony Award win for M. BUTTERFLY, publicly protests the casting of a Caucasian actor in a Eurasian role in the original production of MISS SAIGON. The play spirals into a dizzying mix of autobiography and fantasy, as DHH accidentally creates his own nemesis, an actor named Marcus (Matt Rein), who responds in the extreme after being mistakenly cast and then replaced by a less racially-ambiguous actor in DHH's failed response to the Miss Saigon controversy, a play called Face Value. As years pass, Marcus follows DDH as he navigates the relationship with his father (Kurt Kwan), government investigations, and a sea of media debate that stirs up questions of what it means to be Asian and what it takes to be American.
The cast of YELLOW FACE also includes Kurt Kwan, Erika Crane, Don Eitel, Kim Kivens, Allen Malicsi, Rose Tran and Wade Vaughn. The creative team includes Joe Stanley (Set Design), Wu Chen Khoo (Lighting Design), Cana Potter (Costume Design), Forest Godfrey (Sound Design), and Lisa Smith (Stage Manager).
Mu Performing Arts is the third largest pan-Asian performing arts organization in the U.S., and is home to Theater Mu, an Asian American theater company, and Mu Daiko, a Japanese taiko drumming group. Founded in 1992, Mu has come to be known for it unique blending of Asian and Western artistic forms in the expression of Asian and Asian American stories and music.
Mu Performing Arts presents four shows annually - three mainstage Theater Productions and one mainstage Mu Daiko concert. Artist development festivals, including New Eyes, New Faces and Passing the Beat: A Student Taiko Recital, give experience to emerging directors, actors, playwrights and taiko students, and Mu taiko classes serve approximately 200 students between the ages of 8 and 65 annually. Mu's outreach programs and performances bring theater and taiko performances and residencies to schools, colleges, community organizations, and corporations throughout the upper Midwest. For more information, call 651.789.1012 or visit www.muperformingarts.org.
Photo Credit: Michal Daniel
Wade Vaughn, Matt Rein, Randy Reyes and Rose Tran
Wade Vaughn and Randy Reyes
Randy Reyes, Rose Tran, Matt Rein, Kurt Kwan and Erika Crane
Don Eitel, Randy Reyes and Allen Malicsi
Don Eitel, Rose Tran and Matt Rein
Rose Tran and Matt Rein
Matt Rein and Kim Kivens (foreground), Randy Reyes, Rose Tran and Erika Crane
Kurt Kwan and Randy Reyes
Randy Reyes (background) and Allen Malicsi
Randy Reyes (foreground), Allen Malicsi, Don Eitel, Erika Crane and Kim Kivens
Matt Rein and Kim Kivens
Matt Rein and Allen Malicsi
Don Eitel (background) and Randy Reyes
Kurt Kwan, Kim Kivens, Randy Reyes and Don Eitel
Randy Reyes (background) and Matt Rein
Allen Malicsi and Kurt Kwan