Friday, December 04, 2009

Thurs, Dec 10 at 5.30 PM: FREE Talk, Reading and Book Signing with David Henry Hwang, Edward Albee and Francis Jue: YELLOW FACE at The Drama Book Shop

Time: Thursday, December 10, 2009 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Drama Book Shop, 250 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
Title of Event: FREE Talk, Reading and Book Signing with David Henry Hwang, Edward Albee and Francis Jue: YELLOW FACE

David Henry Hwang in conversation with Edward Albee, and reading from YELLOW FACE with the playwright and actor, Francis Jue. A book signing will follow.

The event is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Henry Hwang is the author of the Tony Award–winning 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 includes three works for composer Philip Glass. He was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928, and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include THE ZOO STORY (1958), THE AMERICAN DREAM (1960), WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1961-62, Tony Award), TINY ALICE (1964), A DELICATE BALANCE (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award), ALL OVER (1971), SEASCAPE (1974, Pulitzer Prize), THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE (1977-78), THE MAN WHO HAD THREE ARMS (1981), FINDING THE SUN (1982), MARRIAGE PLAY (1986-87), THREE TALL WOMEN (1991, Pulitzer Prize), FRAGMENTS (1993), THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY (1997), THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? (2000, 2002 Tony Award), and OCCUPANT (2001). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and President of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

Francis Jue has had the great honor to appear in David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face (receiving Obie and Lortel Awards, plus Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), and M. Butterfly. In NYC, Francis has originated roles in Coraline, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Language of Their Own, Victor Woo, and No Foreigners Beyond This Point. He has won awards for performances in Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Into the Woods, The Illusion, Red, and The King & I.

About the YELLOW FACE:
“It’s about our country, about public image, about face,” 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 Hwang’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.

“Hwang’s lively and provocative cultural self-portrait lets nobody off the hook” --The New York Times.

Yellow Face
by David Henry Hwang, Frank Rich


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