The Guthrie Theater presents a Mu Performing Arts production of

Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

by Lloyd Suh
directed by Randy Reyes

Dowling Studio

Overview

About the show

1967: a new political identity called Asian American emerges and a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder!

At once both comedic and political, Lloyd Suh’s play within a play delves into the history and politics of yellowface with a keen eye, dark humor and sharp wit. The New York Times called it, “a metatheatrical polemic about the way Asian Americans have been characterized and caricatured in popular culture.”

Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery was featured in Mu Performing Arts’ 2016 New Eyes Festival at The Playwrights Center. Mu celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season this year.

Photos

Randy Reyes (Monkey) and Eric Sharp (Frank Chan/Hastings). Photo by Rich Ryan.

Randy Reyes (Monkey), Eric Sharp (Frank Chan/Hastings) and Hope Nordquist (Kathy/Linda). Photo by Rich Ryan.

Hope Nordquist (Kathy/Linda), Eric Sharp (Frank Chan/Hastings) and Song Kim (Charles Sr./Alfred). Photo by Rich Ryan.

Song Kim (Charles Sr./Alfred), Eric Sharp (Frank Chan/Hastings) and Hope Nordquist (Kathy/Linda). Photo by Rich Ryan.

Eric Sharp (Frank Chan/Hastings), Song Kim (Charles Sr./Alfred), Hope Nordquist (Kathy/Linda) and Randy Reyes (Monkey). Photo by Rich Ryan.

Luverne Seifert (Sergeant/Charlie), Song Kim (Charles Sr./Alfred) and Eric Sharp (Frank Chan/Hastings). Photo by Rich Ryan.

In the news

Feature Story

'Play at Guthrie confronts ghost of Charlie Chan while battling Asian stereotypes'

Read the Star Tribune feature on Mu Performing Arts' production of Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery.

Artists

Cast

Suzy / Eleanor Stephanie Bertumen
Charles Sr. / Alfred

Song Kim

Kathy / Linda

Hope Nordquist

Monkey

Randy Reyes*

Sergeant / Charlie

Luverne Seifert*

Frank Chan / Hastings Eric Sharp*

Creative

Randy Reyes* Director
Rich Remedios Assistant Director
Lyndsey R. Harter* Stage Manager
Sarah Michelle Schweitzer Assistant Stage Manager
JP Mullican Technical Director
Sarah Brandner Scenic Designer
Angelina Vyushkova Lighting Designer
Abbee Warmboe Properties Designer
Samatha Fromm Haddow Costume Designer 
Matthew Vichlach Sound Designer
Kathy Maxwell Projection Designer
Eliza Rasheed Language Coach
Allen Malicsi Fight Choreographer


*Denotes members of Actors' Equity Association

Related events

Post-play activities

Mu Performing Arts’ audience engagement activities celebrate the voices, experiences, and histories at the heart of the Asian American experience.  

  • Community Voices: After the show in the Studio Lobby, reflect upon how you can support the Asian American community.
  • Post-Play Discussions: Join the creative team, local artists, and scholars for a conversation after the show.
  • Dance Parties: Get-down with Mu Performing Arts in the Studio Lobby in a 1960s Asian American Dance Revolution.

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About Mu Performing Arts

Mu Performing Arts produces great performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience. Mu celebrates and empowers Asian Americans through theater and taiko.

Mu Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges its 2016-2017 Season funders: 3M Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Marbrook Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts, St. Paul Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Target

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