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The Hyphenated American: Four Plays

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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 s

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Grove Press
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Jil
Nov 22, 2008 Jil rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Asian-American immigrants, gay Asians
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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
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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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Scissors is one of my favorite works of art; I haven't read the other plays in the collection
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Chay Yew is a playwright and stage director who was born in Singapore. As of 2007 he lives in New York City. In July 2011, he became Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago.

Yew's plays include As if He Hears; Porcelain; A Language of Their Own; Red; A Beautiful Country; Wonderland; Question 27, Question 28; Long Season; and Visible Cities. His adaptations include A Winter People (bas
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