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Yellow Face

Yellow face 920
Saturday February 1, 2014 / 8:00pm (Preview)
Yellow Face
1 ticket
Assigned at Box Office
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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I was familiar with David Henry Hwang's work but did not expect him to be in the theatre! At the post-show Q&A, he enthusiastically answered questions and offered insights on the writing journey for this work. I loved the angle from which the play examined our stereotypical view of race and identity. So often, the 'race' discussion is black/white. Hwang adeptly writes himself into the story and becomes the object of ridicule as he stumbles to recover from a mistake in identifying the ethnicity of an actor in a show he wrote. Loosely satirizing an actual 1996 story centering around the casting of a non-Asian in the Broadway-bound "Miss Saigon", "Yellow Face" examines our expectations of what we see 'racially'.