Off the Page Reading Series

Join us for Off the Page, our series of monthly staged play readings on Mondays at 7 pm! (Please note that our upcoming reading of Yellow Face will be taking place on Wednesday instead). Several shows have gone on to be full Sierra Madre Playhouse productions, including The Immigrant, The Gin Game, and Tuesdays with Morrie. Our postponed upcoming production of Silent Sky was previously performed through Off the Page. These events are free to attend (although donations to help support production costs are greatly appreciated).

Did you catch our reading of David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face last September, or did you miss it? We will be reprising it -- virtually! Check back to see when reservations for this upcoming virtual event will be available!

Wednesday, July 8, opening at 2 pm PDT and closing at 11:59 pm PDT*
(please note that this is a different day from when our Off the Page series normally takes place)
Yellow Face
By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Drew Barr
~120 min runtime w/ a 10 min intermission

The lines between truth and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang's unreliable memoir play. Asian-American playwright DHH, fresh off his Tony Award win, 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 comes back to haunt him when he mistakes a Caucasian actor for mixed-race, and casts him in the lead Asian role of his own Broadway-bound comedy. Meanwhile, DHH's father, an immigrant who loves the American Dream, finds himself ensnared in the late-1990's anti-Chinese paranoia that also leads to the "Donorgate" scandal. This new racist witch hunt forces DHH to confront the complex and ever-changing role that "face" plays in American life today.

We heard your requests! We will be having a talkback with the cast and crew of this production. Details to be announced soon.

For your information:
- There is strong language that may not be appropriate for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
- Throughout the production process, safe social distancing protocols were enforced.

*We understand that delays may happen. The event will be available to view from 2:00 - 11:59 pm PDT. If you experience any delays for whatever reason, we hope the extended amount of time will give you the chance to watch the event in full (the event has been pre-recorded to minimize technical difficulties). We ask that you please begin viewing the event between 2 - 10 pm PDT. You must begin watching the show by 10 pm PDT in order to finish the show before the viewing period ends.


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