MAN FROM THE EAST (play)
Sessue Hayakawa is a silent movie star and the first Hollywood sex symbol, and he’s struggling with the expectations set for him by both America and his home country of Japan. Also featured is some witty dialogue between socially-conscious millenials, an omniprescient reincarnated female soul, Asian actors playing white people (gasp), and a very very pissed off elderly Vietnamese man who turns to professional wrestling after getting thrown out of an airplane, all used to shine a light on Asian-American masculine identity, the origins of yellowface, and mainstream popular culture's representation of minority groups in America.
Full length one act. 100 minutes. 3m, 3w.
Staged reading - East by Southeast Festival, Atlanta 2018