The Hyphenated American: Four Plays

The Hyphenated American Four Plays Chay Yew has been hailed by Time magazine as a promising new voice in American theater In this collection of four new plays Yew continues to explore issues of artistic expression self identity and

  • Title: The Hyphenated American: Four Plays
  • Author: Chay Yew Craig Lucas David Roman
  • ISBN: 9780802139122
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chay Yew has been hailed by Time magazine as a promising new voice in American theater In this collection of four new plays, Yew continues to explore issues of artistic expression, self identity, and the immigrant experience.In Red, a magical, mysterious drama set during China s Cultural Revolution, a renowned actor stands his ground against a young revolutionary in a sChay Yew has been hailed by Time magazine as a promising new voice in American theater In this collection of four new plays, Yew continues to explore issues of artistic expression, self identity, and the immigrant experience.In Red, a magical, mysterious drama set during China s Cultural Revolution, a renowned actor stands his ground against a young revolutionary in a struggle that pits politics against free expression and one generation against another Set in New York s Chinatown, Scissors is a moving portrait of a weekly haircutting ritual between an elderly Chinese manservant and his Caucasian ex employer A Beautiful Country chronicles the turbulent history of Asians in America through the eyes of an immigrant drag queen, Miss Visa Denied In Wonderland, a family working toward their American dream experiences dramatic and unexpected developments that threaten to shatter their hopes Although aesthetically and tonally different from one another, Yew s four plays evoke an epic backdrop to the dreams, loves, longings, and lives of Asians in America.

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    1. As was the case with Jose Rivera's "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Other Plays", the play in this anthology that I read for my 21st Century Drama class was my least favorite of the collection. Fortunately, in both cases, I read all the works, and ended up liking the playwrights much more for it.Our teacher picked A Beautiful Country, which was certainly lovely in places and had some really interesting information, but I was bothered by its nonlinear structure (and when Chay Yew came [...]

    2. It comes across so simply, but there is a power to Yew's writing. The finest example is the final play in this collection; "Wonderland". The metaphorical rise and collapse of an American dream is beautifully realized, as is the final image that the script guides us to. Chay Yew is poetic without writing poetry. Whereas many playwrights use minimal scenery as a gimmick, Yew has a purpose. The cover image of the red monarch comes from this play, which should be a classic.

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