It’s 1990, and famous playwright DHH is a hero of the Asian community after taking a stand against the use of yellow face in an upcoming Broadway musical. But when he accidentally casts a white man as the Asian lead in his new play, he rushes to cover up his mistake. Blending fiction and reality, this oh so timely, semi-biographical comedy is an energetic examination of cultural identity in the western world.
We are Dinosaurus, an independent production company, supporting early-career Australian theatremakers of Asian heritage passionate about telling urgent stories and creating opportunities for diverse storytelling in this country.
We’re presenting Yellow Face, an Obie award-winning, Pulitzer-nominated play by David Henry Hwang. With multiple characters, multiple settings, and a timeline spanning many years, it is a sharp satire about race and identity that unfolds at breakneck speed. We’re bringing it to the Kings Cross Theatre this April in a production that has never been more relevant to our global context.
Even though the parallels in his work with Australia’s relationship with China, and with Australians of Chinese heritage, are stark, Hwang’s work is underproduced here, so presenting Yellow Face is incredibly exciting. Our production will provoke timely conversations on subjects ranging from representation in the arts to foreign interference in politics.
We’ve built a team of both Asian and non-Asian artists to create this work, including:
Director: Tasnim Hossain
Cast: Jonathan Chan, Helen Kim, Adam Marks, Kian Pitman, Whitney Richards, Idam Sondhi, Shan-Ree Tan
Creative Team: Kate Baldwin, Brooke Lee, Lillian Lee, Linda Nicholls-Gidley, Shondelle Pratt, Prema Yin, Ruru Zhu
Producers: Janine Lau and Jasper Lee-Lindsay
Your donations will go towards the costs for our set, props and costumes to fully realise this script’s sprawling ambition. Donations will also help pay for our venue hire at Kings Cross Theatre.
Dinosaurus’s production of Yellow Face will contribute to the Australian theatre landscape by helping diversify audiences, creating opportunities for diverse creatives and sparking important conversations in our community.