- By Lauren Yee
- Directed by Desdemona Chiang
HEARTFELT HILARITY BRIDGING GENERATIONS
Playwright Lauren Yee has always felt like an outsider, especially compared to her father, Larry, the unofficial center of their Chinese American community. When Larry suddenly goes missing, Lauren has to chase through time, space, and the fourth wall itself to find her father, save his story, and chronicle a vanishing piece of American culture. Explore the vivid legacy of one changing Chinatown through the vibrant imagination of a new generation in award-winning playwright Lauren Yee’s smart and cheeky family comedy.
From Director Desdemona Chiang:
King of the Yees is a love letter to the Chinese community, a world that I often find myself trapped between familiarity and foreignness, affection and alienation. It is about trying to understand where your parents came from, and in doing so, discovering your own origin story. It is also a love letter to her father Larry, who is truly one of the most joyful, eccentric, and radiant dads I’ve ever known.
Content Advisory: This smart and cheeky family comedy can be appreciated by middle school audiences and up.
Approximate runtime is 1 hour and 55 minutes, including an intermission.
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Closed Captioning is offered each performance. We offer personalized handheld devices display the text of the play in real time. You can check out a Closed Captioning device— at no charge—at the Box Office before your performance.
We provide a casual atmosphere to chat with the cast after the show. Ask them your questions and get some autographs!
Enjoy a performance from the JHU Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe, starting at 7:30pm in the fourth floor Deering Lounge.
About the JHU Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe: Founded in 2003 by a group of students who wanted to learn more about the culture and performance of Lion Dance, this troupe follows the traditional Fut San style of lion dance, originating from southern China. Fut San lion dance incorporates stances and movements derived from kung-fu, requiring performers to have strong stamina and strength. They aim to spread happiness and luck to all watching.
These performances include post-show discussions featuring Baltimore Center Stage dramaturgy and artistic staff and visiting experts.
On the heels of last month’s popular Night Market, we're partnering with The Chinatown Collective to bring you authentic local Chinese and Asian food, craft vendors, and more! Pop Up Night Market: 6pm–midnight ($8 advanced admission, $10 at the door); VIP Post-show Party: 10pm–midnight ($85includes ticket for King of the Yees). Learn more!
Volunteer audio describers provide an objective description of the non-verbal action on stage during the 2pm matinee. Touch Tours are tactile tours that let patrons touch costume pieces, sets, and/or props used in the show as well as conversation with our Production, Artistic, and/or Dramaturgy Departments before the 2pm matinee.
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Families enjoy a family day to remember, including a meal and a discussion with Baltimore Center Stage actors before the 2pm matinee show. Learn more.
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