“Yellow Face” is a play by the celebrated Asian American playwright, David Henry Hwang (‘Hwong’) who has written numerous plays, among them, “F.O.B.” (Fresh Off the Boat), and “M. Butterfly” (made into a movie starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone).
An entertaining and thought-provoking backstage memoir, “Yellow Face” takes on the themes of race, the American dream, the witch hunt of HYH (Henry Y. Hwang) — David Henry Hwang’s wealthy banker father who was falsely accused of money laundering — as well as the trials and actions of other real-life persons like comedienne Margaret Cho and Republican senator/actor Fred Thompson in the Clinton era 1990′s. More »
Since 1989, when it was co-founded by Molly Thom and Kerri MacDonald (who this year directs “Summer’s End” in Week Two), Alumnae Theatre Company has hosted an annual festival of new works, which provides playwrights, directors, actors and technicians the opportunity to develop never-before-produced short scripts. It’s all about the process.
The New Ideas Festival is now a juried, three-week annual festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre, with a different program of plays each week, and a staged reading on Saturdays at noon. It is unusual among festivals, in that the scripts are read “blind” by a committee that does not learn the writers’ identities until the plays have been selected. More »
Shakespeare in Action presents
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Keeping the story of Anne Frank alive
Shakespeare in Action, Canada’s leading classical company for young audiences that recently launched a revolutionary Virtual Lab on its website for teaching Shakespeare in schools, brings a new production of The Diary of Anne Frank to the stage. The Wendy Kesselman adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank opens March 1 and runs to March 13 at Central Commerce Theatre (with weekday matinees beginning February 23). Rising star Sascha Cole (Factory Theatre’s Bethune Imagined, and CanStage’s Rock’n'Roll) plays the title role. More »