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KING OF THE YEES BY LAUREN YEE DIRECTED BY SHERRY J. YOON OCTOBER 25- NOVEMBER 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

An NAC English Theatre Presentation  
KING OF THE YEES

by Lauren Yee
Directed by Sherry J. Yoon
A Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC) Production
October 25- November 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) –  “Jaw-droppingly funny.” – Georgia Straight

It’s mid-rehearsal, and two actors playing Lauren and Larry deliver their lines. All is well until the real Larry wanders onstage. When the real Lauren – who, it seems, is also the playwright – leaps up from the audience, chaos ensues.

From there, her father’s sudden disappearance catapults the intrepid Lauren Yee on a fantastic journey through the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, where she confronts a world both foreign and familiar. Throw in some rogue spectators, a corrupt senator, lion dancers, ghostly ancestors, and a few firecrackers, and you have King of the Yees, an unapologetic and hilarious take on Chinese culture and tradition in North America.

At once bitingly comical and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across a cultural and generational divide, grounded by a powerful story about the relationship between fathers and daughters.

“This show is a riot. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but I will tell you that it did surprise me and it never let up, not once. It’s simply a delight, and I’m thrilled to welcome Gateway Theatre’s fantastic production from Richmond, BC to the national stage.” – Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director, NAC English Theatre.

Featuring Milton Lim, Donna Soares, Jovanni Sy, Andrea Yu and Raugi Yu.

The creative team includes Director Sherry J. Yoon; Set Designer Pam Johnson; Lighting Designer Gerald King; Assistant Costume Designer Mara Gottler; Technical Director Liam Kupser; Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima; Assistant Stage Manager and Company Manager Yvonne Yip; and Production Assistant Jenny Kim.

King of the Yees
October 25 – November 11
Babs Asper Theatre

English Theatre:
Previews:
Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26
Opens:
Friday, October 27

King of the Yees Points of View:
Saturday, October 28 at 12:45 p.m. in NAC Salon
Experience this English Theatre production through an encounter with two special guests, each offering their own unique perspective on the piece.

Talkbacks:
Wednesdays, November 1 and 8 and Thursdays, November 2 and 9.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with cast members of King of the Yees.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 pm;
PLUS Sunday, November 5 at 2 p.m.
(no performance on Mondays.)

Tickets:
From $25 to $75

Tickets are available:

  • Online on the NAC’s website: www.nac-cna.ca
  • In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street
  • At all Ticketmaster outlets**
  • By telephone 1-888-991-2787**
    **A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

Groups of 10 or more contact grp@nac-cna.ca or visit www.nac-cna.ca.

Find out more about the NAC English Theatre on Facebook and YouTube. To discover some fascinating facts about King of the Yees, visit nac-cna.ca/englishtheatre.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INTERVIEW REQUESTS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer, English Theatre
National Arts Centre
613 947 7000 x389
toll free 866 850 2787 x389
sean.fitzpatrick@nac-cna.ca

 

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