Yellow Face

National Theatre
South Bank, West End, Greater London SE1 9PX
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

1990. Tony Award-winning Asian-American playwright DHH leads protests in New York against the casting of Jonathan Pryce as a Eurasian in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon. Two years later and DHH mistakenly casts a Caucasian actor, Marcus G. Dahlman, in the lead Asian role of his own play, Face Value. DHH desperately tries to save his own face by passing Marcus off as a Siberian Jew. Meanwhile, DHH and his father become embroiled in the anti-Chinese paranoia that swept through the US, and DHH finds himself needing to reflect on his own face. The play explores the impact race has had on the East Asian experience in America. It straddles the line between reality and fiction and brings to light the nuances of race, culture and belonging. Fast-paced and hilarious, but also poignant and moving, Yellow Face kick starts the timely and much-needed discussion on race in an entertaining and approachable manner.

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