"Yellow Face": Talkback at the Public Theater with David Henry Hwang
Dorinne Kondo, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at the University of Southern California, and playwright David Henry Hwang have a conversation about David’s play “Yellow Face” following a performance of it at The Public Theater. Hwang talks about why he wrote the play and made certain decisions when writing and producing it. The two discuss some of the larger questions and ideas in and around the play such as: What does it mean to play a race, on stage or off? And, are we currently obsessed with telling reality from fiction? They talk about the paradoxical balance of looking past race and knowing that it still does matter in this “post-racial” period. Lastly, David talks about the theater scene and opportunities for young Asian American playwrights.