Marcus G. Dahlman
Jane Krakowski/Others
Leah Anne Cho/Others
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An Asian-American playwright and activist gets tangled in a complicated and humorous web of lies as he struggles to win back his integrity.

Yellow Face

By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Ted Hewlett
Running Time: 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.
2023/24 Season Sponsors:
Paul Kastner
G. Lee & Diana Humphrey
Production Sponsors: James & Judith Barr
Celebrating 50 Years Corporate Sponsor:


Truth and fiction blur in David Henry Hwang’s satiric memoir about DHH, a playwright plunged into a whirlpool of missteps and unintentional hypocrisy after a vocal protest against the casting of Jonathan Pryce as a Eurasian hustler in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. What he condemns as “yellowface” soon comes back to haunt him when he later misidentifies a Caucasian actor for mixed-race and casts him in his own Broadway-bound comedy. His personal integrity is compromised as he proceeds to conceal his blunder aiding the narrative of this “born-again Asian”. Ultimately a forceful argument for representation, this provocative and comical sideways glance at race and assimilation asks “who has the ownership of a culture?”
A note about the pre-show music for Yellow Face
Yellow Face explores numerous questions of identity and culture including who counts as Asian and what nuanced and varied expressions of Asian identity are possible beyond stereotypes. Inspired by these themes, sound designer Arshan Gailus invited the cast and stage management team for the show to choose the songs for the pre-show playlist. The songs they chose could be a reflection of their personal identities, their relationship to Asian-ness, their reaction to the themes of the play, or even just a song that they enjoy or feel a connection to. Arshan chose the openness of this invitation to highlight the infinite depth of identities and their rich blending - from different ethnic groups, different generations, diasporic and native cultures, third culture kids, and hybrid ancestral lineages - that there is no one way to be Asian or indeed any particular identity. So, the music you hear as you wait for the show to begin is a sonic collage representing varied and intersectional expressions of identity and culture as provided by the cast and stage management team of the show. It is an offering for you to enjoy and also perhaps a question: what does it mean to express your identity?
Content Warning: Yellow Face addresses racism and racial stereotypes. Includes adult language and brief depictions of sexual harassment. There will be a significant flash of light along with gunshot and bomb sound effects during Act I.
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** Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE
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"This timely work is resonating as much as ever in a riveting revival by Lyric Stage Boston. A must see."-Jules Becker, MySouthEnd.com
"Delightfully unique and often laugh out loud. A quick witted production."-Susan Mulford, Boston and Beyond
"Szu-Feng Chen’s scenic designs make full, imaginative use of Lyric’s compact stage and greatly aid in carrying the action forward."-R.Scott Reedy, Broadway World
"Performed by a talented cast and stylishly directed at a brisk pace by Ted Hewlett." -Rich Fahey, On Boston Stages
"Michael Hisamoto is excellent as Hwang."-Lynne Weiss, Stage and Cinema
"Director Ted Hewlett introduces unique staging to make the constant transitions cue the audience to the current “reality” they are experiencing."-Richard Campbell, Behance