Truth and fiction blur in Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang's hilarious and moving show Yellow Face, which is based on the author's own life - but with wild exaggerations. When Hwang mistakenly makes a disastrous casting decision, he quickly and hilariously gets in over his head. As the situation spirals further out of control, he finds himself at the center of international intrigue and a government investigation.
Winner of an Obie award,Yellow Face explores timeless questions surrounding cultural identity through a sharply satirical lens. Director Jeffrey Sun stages this biting look at race, politics and the media at San Francisco's Firescape Theatre.
Cast & Crew
Anne Luna (Understudy - Leah Anne Cho and others)
Anne is very excited about her first Firescape Theatre production and stage debut. She was born in Manila, Philippines but raised here in the Bay Area. Anne went to CSU Sacramento on a golf scholarship majoring in Business Marketing and it was during that time she found her passion for acting. She has since studied at several local acting institutions honing her skills. Her credits include multiple short films, local commercials, and a web series. She is proud to be represented by MDT.
Alfonso Faustino (HYH and others)
Alfonso decided to retire from Corporate America to pursue his passion in acting and began booking many well-known television commercials through his agent, Mary Tonry, of Tonry Talent Agency. In 2011, Alfonso earned his membership into the Screen Actor’s Guild and shifted his acting direction from television commercials to feature films. In 2013, he became a full-time acting student at BHP/SF to sharpen his acting skills, which landed him a part in his first feature film, shot in Los Angeles on September 2015, called The Beginner’s Guide To Snuff, produced by Jeffrey Allard and directed by Mitch Altieri.
Alfonso also enjoys time behind the camera. Presently, he is working on funding and co-producing his first feature film, which he will present to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Jennifer Vo Le (Leah Anne Cho and others)
Jennifer is a fearless multi-faceted artist who seeks to produce work that resonates with everyone on a universal scale. A UC Santa Cruz graduate with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, she has continued her acting training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, San Francisco for over five years. A few of her theatrical credits include: Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Joan), Hamlet (Ophelia), Picasso at The Lapin Agile (Germaine), Hello (Sex), Kitty (Asian Chick), Scenes from a New World (Cheri/Janice/Sharon). Aside from acting, she is also a writer and spoken word poet, often credited as Jennii Le.
Duncan Heath (Stuart Ostrow, Rocco Palmieri and others)
Duncan is delighted to join the cast of Yellow Face. His virtuosity spans theater, TV, Web, commercial, industrial, and independent film performances as well as voice-over work. Duncan is also a professional producer, writer, and director of industrial educational productions. Recent stage performances include: Tomfoolery, Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders, and Four Weddings and an Elvis. This season, San Francisco Giants baseball fans enjoyed Duncan’s performances as the “nutty professor” in the San Francisco Giants’ “We Are SF, We Are Giant” 2016 advertising campaign. Duncan also supports state and local police detective training through role-play interrogation simulations in California’s Police Detectives’ Interrogation Methods Class. Look for Duncan in several upcoming film releases: Ghost of a Chance, Steps, and The Yellow Wallpaper.
Jeffrey Sun (DHH, Director)
Jeffrey is excited to be back performing at Firescape! He made his debut on this very stage in Alan Barton’s Engagement (Dennis) in 2014. Last year, he performed in Jordan Harrison’s Maple & Vine (Ryu - LASC) and David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Minister Cai – PAP), where he received a nomination from Theatre Bay Area for best supporting actor. He started his career six years ago featuring in a series of films, commercials, and voiceover. But for the last two years, he’s put on the director’s hat for Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare (BHP/SF) and Steve Martin’s Picasso At The Lapin Agile (BHP/SF). Jeffrey is extremely grateful to Robert Zimmerman for the many opportunities to help craft his art.
Joanna Cretella (Understudy - Jane Krakowski, Miles Newman and others)
Joanna graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. in Theatre and French. She recently relocated to the Bay Area from Charleston, SC, where she appeared in many regional productions including Trust (Leah), Brooklyn Boy (Alison), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), 33 Variations (Clara), and The Foreigner (Catherine). Joanna is a new student at BHP/SF, and this is her first production at Firescape Theatre. She will appear in Shakepeare at the Club's production of Twelfth Night this November in the role of Viola. Directing credits include On the Verge in Charleston, SC and The Importance of Being Earnest in New Hope, PA.
Krista Muir (Jane Krakowski, Miles Newman and others)
Krista is thrilled to be making her San Francisco stage debut at the Firescape Theatre. She has been a student at the Beverly Hills Playhouse since 2013 and is actively involved in short films and web series around the Bay Area. In her home state of Texas, her theatrical performances included Barefoot in the Park (Corie), Bus Stop (Cherie), Cyrano de Bergerac (Roxanne), and Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Roman Moretti (Marcus G. Dahlman)
Though originally from the East Coast, Roman has lived in the Bay Area for 10 years and has dedicated much of his time to improving himself and his craft. Performing in a range of plays across the Bay Area, including Fame by David De Silva, Time On Fire by Timothy Mason, and the world premiere of a play by DC Jackson at His Majesty's Theater in Aberdeen, Scotland. He has been a student of BHP/SF for almost a year now and is thrilled to be working with a group of wonderful artists on this production of Yellow Face.
BHP/SF - Beverly Hills Playhouse of San Francisco
LASC - Los Altos Stage Company
PAP – Palo Alto Players
Producer - Troy Forte
Stage Manager - Megumi Smisson
Dramaturge - Robert Zimmerman
Scenic Designer - Josh Thies
Costume Designer - Anna Sun
Ben Coleman (Understudy - Stuart Ostrow, Rocco Palmieri and others)
Ben is a real estate broker by day and artist by night. He is best known as a local guitarist & singer lending his skills to all genres of bands, such as Phase II, Downtown Rhythm and Zona Blu, to name a few. He has been a general contractor, guitarist and fry cook. He had his recent television debut in Chance, the soon to be released Hulu series. His most prized role is husband to Ligia Coleman and happy father of five.
John Pendergast (Announcer, NWOAOC)
John is excited to make his theater debut at Firescape Theatre! While originally from Thousand Oaks, California, he moved to the Bay Area two years ago and has been studying at BHP/SF ever since. He recently made his television debut with a featured role in the upcoming Hulu series, Chance. When not on stage or in front of the camera, John can be found on the hiking trails in Marin. John is proud to be represented by Stars Agency, and is grateful to Rob and Jeff for this opportunity.
"...a highly entertaining offering"
"“Yellow Face” offers enchantment and plenty of laughter, not without moments of surprising gravity. One leaves the theater feeling moved and astoundingly entertained."
"...the cast keep the play entertaining at all times."
Additional Performances Added!
November 11, 12, 13, 18, 20