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Yellow face

A 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist

Event Details


Thu 09 Mar 2017 until Sat 18 Mar 2017


07.30pm until 09.45pm


Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6225



In March, Red Scare Theatre Company will stage the New Zealand premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face, a play that aims to explode our definitions of culture, identity and ethnicity.

Cassandra Tse will direct the show, having recently returned from an internship at Signature Theatre in New York City where Hwang is a resident playwright.

When Tse first picked up Yellow Face she “couldn’t believe how funny it was, how intelligent and nuanced its politics were.” Her experience with Asian theatre in New Zealand is that it was usually “very serious, focused almost exclusively on tradition, mythology and ancient culture, and completely unrelatable to someone like me, a fourth-generation Chinese-Pākeha New Zealander who has never been to China.” Yellow Face was as a complete counterpoint for her; its ability to be “contemporary, witty, and not above poking fun at itself” meant that it was vital to bring this work to New Zealand.

A 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Yellow Face is a deeply funny examination of race and identity in a supposedly ‘post-racial’ society. The play follows a fictionalized version of David Henry Hwang (Alex Rabina) who inadvertently casts a Caucasian, Marcus G Dahlman (James Cain), as an Asian character.

Yellow Fac. Yellow Face runs from the 9th-18th March at Whitireia Performance Centre at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $18 for concession, $20 for full price.

This production is funded by Asia New Zealand Foundation. For more information about Yellow Face, please contact James Cain, Marketing Director at