Yellow Face

ISBN-10: 1559363401
ISBN-13: 9781559363402
Edition: 2008
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Description: ldquo;A pungent play of ideas with a big heart. Yellow Face brings to the national discussion about race a sense of humor a mile wide, an even-handed treatment and a hopeful, healing vision of a world that could be.rdquo;- Varietyldquo;Charming,  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

ldquo;A pungent play of ideas with a big heart. Yellow Face brings to the national discussion about race a sense of humor a mile wide, an even-handed treatment and a hopeful, healing vision of a world that could be.rdquo;- Varietyldquo;Charming, touching, and cunningly organized as well as funny, [with] an Ibsenite reach and stature far beyond any issues of Hwangrsquo;s self-image.rdquo;- The Village Voiceldquo;Itrsquo;s about our country, about public image, about face ,rdquo; says David Henry Hwang about his latest work, a mock documentary that puts Hwang himself center stage as it explores both Asian identity as well as race in America. The play begins with the 1990s controversy over color-blind casting for Miss Saigon , before it spins into a comic fantasy, in which the character DHH pens a play in protest and then unwittingly casts a white actor as the Asian lead. Yellow Face also explores the real-life investigation of Hwangrsquo;s father, the first Asian American to own a federally chartered bank, and the espionage charges against physicist Wen Ho Lee. Adroitly combining the light touch of comedy with weighty political and emotional issues, ldquo;Hwangrsquo;s lively and provocative cultural self-portrait lets nobody off the hookrdquo; ( The New York Times ).David Henry Hwang is the author of the Tony Awardwinning M. Butterfly , a finalist for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize. Other plays include Golden Child , FOB , The Dance and the Railroad , and Family Devotions ; his opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass. He was appointed by President Clinton to the Presidentrsquo;s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

The son of immigrant Chinese parents, Hwang attended Stanford University and the Yale Drama School and has been a director and a teacher of playwriting. FOB (1981), which stands for "Fresh off the boat,"' explores the conflicts between two Chinese Americans and a Chinese exchange student still steeped in the customs and beliefs of the old world. It won an Obie Award in 1981. The Dance and the Railroad (1982) concerns an artist and his fellow workers who stage a strike to protest the inhuman conditions suffered by Chinese railroad workers in the American West in the nineteenth century. M Butterfly (1988), about the relationship between an American man and a Chinese transvestite, won the Tony Award as best play of the year. Maxine Hong Kingston wrote, "David Hwang has an ear for Chinatown English, the language of childhood and the subconscious, the language of emotion, the language of home."

Frank Rich served from 1980 to 1993 as the chief drama critic for The New York Times and since 1994 has been an op-ed columnist at the paper. He lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Alex Witchel.

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