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University Theatre Presents "Yellow Face"

Location: 
Fine Arts Theatre
Cost: 
$10 for general pubic; $5 for students and senior citizens; free to all UW-S students with current ID
Contact: 
Dr. Thomas Campbell
Dates: 
Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Description 

THE STORY: The lines between truth and fiction 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." DHH must confront the complex and ever-changing role that "face" plays in American life today.