Auditions for Yellow Face set for Sept. 8-9

Show takes the stage in October
By UW-Sheboygan

All area residents, including UW-Sheboygan students, faculty and staff, are invited to audition for the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan’s fall 2014 production of “Yellow Face” by David Henry Hwang. Open auditions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014, and Tuesday, September 9, 2014, from noon to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, September 9, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The show requires four to five male actors and two to three female actors to play multiple roles. The show will be performed on the UW-Sheboygan campus on October 30 and 31 and November 1. Rehearsals will begin September 15.

In Yellow Face, the lines between truth and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang's unreliable memoir. Asian-American playwright Hwang, 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 Hwang 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." Hwang must confront the complex and ever-changing role that "face" plays in American life today.

For more information about the play or auditions, please contact University Theatre Director Dr. Thomas Campbell at (920) 459-6677 or




Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Marketing and Communications Director