King of the Yees 余家之主

APRIL 7 - 15, 2023

VENUE Berlind Theater
DATES & TIME APRIL 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 at 8:00PM


For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father, Larry, has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men’s club formed a hundred fifty years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush and the building of the transcontinental railroad. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee. Directed by guest artist Bi Jean Ngo and featuring lighting design by senior Angelica Qin. Audience talkback follows the April 13 performance led by Gina Pisasale, McCarter Theatre’s Director of Equity and Organizational Culture, a dramaturg and educator whose research includes Asian American performance, American dramaturgy, and representations of race within the American theater.


Admission: Open to the public. Tickets are $12 in advance of show dates, $17 purchased the day of performances at the box office, and $10 for students through McCarter ticketing office


Accessibility: The Berlind Theatre is an accessible venue with wheelchair and companion seating and an assistive listening system. The April 14 performance will be open-captioned. Guests in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at


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