Charles Francis Chan, Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

Charles Francis Chan, Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery


1967. The auspicious beginnings of a new political identity called Asian American, as 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!!!

With: Jeff Biehl*, Jennifer Ikeda*, Peter Kim*, Orville Mendoza*, KK Moggie*, Jeffrey Omura*

Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar


Previews: October 26 – 31
Run: November 2 – 21

Mondays – Saturdays, 7:00; Saturdays, 2:00
Tickets: $40 (October 27 – November 21)
First Preview: $10 (October 26)

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46 Walker Street
2 blocks south of Canal Street between Broadway and Church

Subways: #1 to Franklin Street
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Production Staff

Jason Sherwood: Set Designer
Seth Reiser: Lighting Designer
Loren Shaw: Costume Designer
Jeremy S. Bloom: Sound Designer
Olivia Sebesky: Projections
Alan Schmuckler: Composer and Musical Director
Kimber Lee: Dramaturg
Qui Nguyen: Fight Choreographer
Samantha Shoffner: Props Supervisor
Kate Katigbak: Postcard Design
Andrea Jess Berkey: Stage Manager


As [the character] Frank explains, trying to explore “our entire cultural identity politic through a grotesque carnival of murder” gets pretty complicated. Well, he shrugs, maybe that’s just “the price of revolution.” For a play this antic and impassioned, pay it.

(Alexis Soloski: New York Times)

It’s an effervescent entertainment that weaves together multiple narrative lines. Under the high velocity direction of Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, it has the verve of improv, the imaginative variety of sketch comedy, and the ideological passion of agitprop.

(Charles Wright: CurtainUp)

If Chan’s show is a grand commentary on racism, Suh’s is a grand commentary about grand commentaries on racism, and a smart one at that. He’s well-versed in the ideas and academic lingo of social movements, and, impressively, is capable of communicating them in a way that neither overwhelms nor condescends. Who knew critical race theory could be so entertaining?

(Jordan G. Teicher: Exeunt)


Special thanks to our SILVER CIRCLE of donors
for supporting our 25th Anniversary Season

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Tina Chen, Richard Eng, Jody Falco & Jeffrey Steinman, C.S. Lee,
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Timothy Walther & Raphael Nash, Alice J. Wong

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Venturous Theatre Fund of the Tides Foundation. It is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

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