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
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.
In the news
|Suzy / Eleanor||Stephanie Bertumen|
|Charles Sr. / Alfred||
|Kathy / Linda||
|Sergeant / Charlie||
|Frank Chan / Hastings||Eric Sharp*
|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
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.
May 12: Community Voices
May 13: Community Voices
May 14 matinee: Community Voices
May 14: Community Voices
May 17: Community Voices
May 18: Post-Play Discussion with Josephine Lee and David Mura
May 19: Community Voices
May 20 matinee: Community Voices
May 20: Dance Party
May 21: Community Voices
May 24: Community Voices
May 25: Post-Play Discussion with Rich Lee
May 26: Community Voices
May 27: Dance Party
May 28 matinee: Community Voices
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