King of the Yees

  • May 20, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022
  • 3h
  • Sierra Madre Playhouse

After being postponed twice, we are ready to launch our production of King of the Yees in 2022! TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
At the moment, proof of vaccinations against COVID-19 and the wearing of face masks are still required at our events. All county COVID-19 protocols in effect at the time of opening will be followed. See here for our current COVID-19 policies.

(TeenTix passholders are welcome at this production! Teens ages 13-19, learn more about how to get $5 tickets to arts events like King of the Yees here).

This show is 2 hours long, with one 15-minute intermission.
CONSUMER ADVISORY: A few instances of strong language.
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Take any Chinese last name, and there exists a corresponding family association with branches in each major American city. For nearly twenty years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association. Until now. Amid a backdrop of crumbling Chinatowns and all-too-lifelike museums, Lauren races through history, space, and the fourth wall to find her father in this joyride through San Francisco's disappearing past.

Tim Dang (Nothing is the Same, 2018; The Joy Luck Club, 2019), Artistic Director Emeritus of East West Players, returns to Sierra Madre Playhouse to direct King of the Yees.

Sierra Madre Playhouse is pleased to announce that Panda Express is the Presenting Sponsor of King of the Yees. For nearly 40 years, Panda Express has been sharing lovingly-crafted American Chinese cuisine with guests across the globe. But their story began with one immigrant family and a dream for a better life on the golden coast. As the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. today, the beloved family-owned and operated restaurant brand aims to uplift diverse communities and help tell their stories to celebrate the experiences of those who make up the fabric of America through charitable grants from the Panda CommUnity Fund and meaningful partnerships with local institutions (including Sierra Madre Playhouse). Learn more about the Panda Express’ work in the community here.


Be sure to join us for the following FREE supplementary film and talkback events! This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Wednesday, June 1 at 7 pm
Saving Face Film Screening Event
RSVP for free here.

Join us for a FREE screening of this 2004 feature film by Alice Wu, where a Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Sunday, June 5 after the performance
Talkback Discussion with Dr. Laureen Hom

Join us for a discussion with Laureen Hom, professor at Cal Poly Pomona whose research includes the community politics of redevelopment and gentrification in Los Angeles Chinatown.

Laureen D. Hom is an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona in the Department of Political Science. Her research covers topics of urban redevelopment/gentrification, community formations, and political engagement among Asian Americans in Southern California. Her current research examines the demographic, physical, economic, and cultural changes in Los Angeles Chinatown since the 1970s and how that informs current debates about gentrification. Laureen was raised in San Francisco and has family roots in San Francisco Chinatown, and she currently sits on the board of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Los Angeles Lodge.

Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm
Chinatown Rising Film Screening
RSVP for free here.

Join us for a FREE screening of this 2019 documentary film by Chuckwow Productions about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition.

Sunday, June 12 after the performance
Talkback Discussion with Annie Yee

Join us for a discussion with choreographer Annie Yee, who will speak about her work on this play, as well as her family’s involvement in LA’s Chinese American community.

Annie Yee is a Los Angeles native, a choreographer, and activist. Her life is inspired by the incredible lives of her parents. Her Father Tommy Yee restauranter and businessman who had the first and only post office in Chinatown and would help translate the letters of his customers to send to China and her Mother Nancy Yee an actress of film, television, and theater also was a community leader in Chinatown serving as Executive Secretary for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for 20 years and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance serving on the board and Monterey Park Commissioner. Annie followed in their footsteps by becoming the 3 rd female President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Los Angeles’s 110-year history, serving from 2016-2017. She was received the Women of Achievement Award from CA State Senator in 2017 and Citizen of the Year from the Chinese elected Officials in 2018. Annie has been awarded numerous Certificates of Recognition from the CA State Senate, CA State Assembly, City of Monterey Park, County of Los Angeles, and Congress for her service to the Asian American Community. Annie is the first Chinese American Los Angeles Laker Girl and Rams Cheerleader. Annie learned to love Theatre from her family attending many types of shows growing up. Her recent choreography was for LA Opera’s On Gold Mountain and before that Detained, The Children and An Octoroon at the Fountain Theatre. She has won Broadway World and Scenie Awards for Best Choreography and an Ovation Nomination. Her current show is Interstate at East West Players and upcoming is Sumo workshop with La Jolla Playhouse and Ma-Yi Theatre. One of her favorite choreography works was for King of the Yees at ACT Seattle and Baltimore Center Stage.


Bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders that explores what it means to be a daughter, a Chinese-American, and truly be a Yee. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

Cast Members Credit

*The actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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