Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

Premieres January 26 at 7:30pm EST
Content Warning Adult Language & Content
Run Time 2 hours and 30 minutes
Time Zone All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

About the Show

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About The Play 

In 1967, Berkeley grad student Frank Chan and his artist-activist girlfriend Kathy Ching are staging a revolution. Amid the backdrop of ongoing war in Vietnam and a peak in the Civil Rights movement, they devise a wild, impulsive theatrical trip through the history of Asians in America, from the ancestral railways of their forebears to the shameful legacy of Charlie Chan stereotypes, all in pursuit of establishing a brand new political identity they’ve decided to call “Asian America.” CHARLES FRANCIS CHAN JR.’S EXOTIC ORIENTAL MURDER MYSTERY is a harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder!


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Post-Show Discussion

Following the premiere of Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, on Thursday, January 27 at 7:30PM, Lloyd Suh, Ralph B. Peña, Paula Vogel, and the cast will join together to discuss their experience and take live questions from the audience. The discussion will be moderated by Christine Mok and ASL interpretation is provided by Stephanie Chao and Jinah Williamson.



About Bard at the Gate  

Bard at the Gate, founded by Paula Vogel and co-curated by Paula Vogel and Nicole A. Watson, directly responds to the lack of representation of diverse voices within the American theatrical canon. This uniquely curated virtual reading series is designed to become a widely accessible platform for powerful, overlooked plays by BIPOC, women, LGBTQ, and disabled artists.


Join us for a watch party!

McCarter brings its virtual play series of Paula Vogel’s Bard at the Gate plays for 2021-2022 to the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room for in-person community “watch-party screenings. 



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