“Yellow Face” follows the misadventures of an Asian American playwright named DHH who leads the protest against the yellow face casting, only to mistakenly cast a Caucasian actor in an Asian role in his own play. The film is based on David Henry Hwang’s play of the same name for which he received his third Obie Award in Playwriting and made him a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hwang is an acclaimed playwright whose works include “FOB”, “Golden Child”, “Aida”, “Chinglish” and “M. Butterfly” for which he won the Tony Award.
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.” Meanwhile, DHH’s father, Henry Y. Hwang, an immigrant who loves the American Dream and Frank Sinatra, finds himself ensnared in the same web of late-1990’s anti-Chinese paranoia that also leads to the “Donorgate” scandal and the arrest of Los Alamos nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. As he clings to his old multicultural rhetoric, this new racist witch hunt forces DHH to confront the complex and ever-changing role that “face” plays in American life today.
“Yellow Face” is directed by Jeff Liu, Literary Manager at East West Players, and features a cast with experience in film, TV, theater and YouTube including Ryun Yu, Christopher Gorham, Linda Park, Sab Shimono, Emily Kuroda, Ki Hong Lee and Justin James Hughes.
Three brave, young New Yorkers reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light. Listen to their challenges from school to employment because of their undocumented immigrant status. Ru, Neriel, and Razeen are among the founding members of RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast). Join these members of RAISE in their fight for change… and a chance.
Margaret Cho’s first web series “IN TRANSITION” will premiere on Wednesday, July 3rd. Margaret stars in the lead role of Tawny Kim in this dark comedy series about a group of women recently released from prison. Getting out of jail is just the start of their problems. Stupidity wasn’t their only crime. Pay back’s a b*tch and she’s got two friends. They met their match and she’s double the trouble. They want revenge, but don’t ask them to spell it.
In the short film “Echoes”, it’s 3am and a comedian is having an off night. In a moment of desperation he begins to muse on love and life, his musings become the anchor to five stories of five isolated individuals. An expectant father waiting in a bar, an executive driving home, an astronaut in space, a young woman going for a late night swim and a singer waiting to go on stage are all experiencing a surreal moment of clarity. Look for Michelle Ang as the singer.
KevJumba and his dad Papa Jumba team up to show you how Asian he really is. Maybe you can relate with your own parents. Does your dad refuse to turn on the heater when it’s cold? See how Papa Jumba handles that situation to keep the family warm. The make believe world of James Bond comes to mind in the eyes of Papa Jumba, but KevJumba doesn’t want any of it. When the father and son fight over who should pay the bill, see who learns the final lesson on finance.