Friday, June 08, 2007

During my "blogging hiatus" -- hey folks, it was only 4 days -- I did a couple of interesting things worth reporting on.

On Sunday afternoon I went to the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center to see David Henry Hwang's new play "Yellow Face." This is a deeply personal examination by Hwang of discrimination in the arts, and his role as an Asian playwright in the perpetuation of it.

Hwang was the noted organizer of the protests over Cameron MacIntosh's casting of a Caucasian to play an "Asian" role in "Miss Saigon."

Hwang presents his play in a documentary style with several scenes introduced with quotes taken from newspaper articles. But his credibility is undermined when at the end of the play he admits to making up characters (and presumably the newspaper articles about them).
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