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AAAYA NorCal – Yellow Face Play & Private Q&A – Th 9/10 in Mountain View –

The Northern California chapter of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA NorCal) invites you to attend the Yellow Face play and private Q&A with the stars of this play – Francis Jue ’86 plus potentially Pun Bandhu ’01 MFA and playwright David Henry Hwang ’83 MFA.  Connect with fellow Asian Yale Alumni, gain an inside perspective on the play with the private Q&A, enjoy a high quality play in an emotionally rewarding experience, explore the cultural heritage issue of racial identity, and learn more about AAAYA NorCal activities.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 – Yellow Face at TheatreWorks

*  Limited Number of Tickets Available at Special Group Prices

*  Must Purchase by Wednesday, August 26 at

*  Special Post-show Reception

Yellow Face


By David Henry Hwang ’83 MFA    Starring: Pun Bandhu ’01 MFA as D.H.H. & Francis Jue ’86 as D.H.H.’s father

A revealing backstage comedy from the Tony Award-winning author of M Butterfly, this ferociously funny, utterly unreliable memoir chronicles David Henry Hwang’s struggle to define racial identity in the mixed-up melting pot of contemporary America.  Part fact, part fiction, provocative yet full of heart, this Obie Award winner is a tale of cultural politics, family fortunes, and artistic integrity.  Actor and Tony-winning producer Pun Bandhu plays D.H.H. Broadway star Francis Jue recreates his award-winning role as D.H.H.’s father. 

Dinner:   For those who would like to get together before the performance, we will meet for dinner at the New Mongolian BBQ at 304 Castro Street in Mountain View beginning at 6 pm.  Service is buffet style, so people can arrive at different times.

Private Post-Play Discussion with Yale Cast & Playwright:

After the show both Francis Jue and Pun Bandhu have graciously agreed to participate in a private post-performance discussion of the play for Yale Alumni only.  David Henry Hwang may also be able to join us for a unique opportunity to discuss “drama” in all its forms with some of the leading Asian writers and actors of our generation.

David Henry Hwang, Yale School of Drama ’83 and author of the Tony award-winning “M. Butterfly” and the recent revival of “Flower Drum Song” reflects upon his experiences as an Asian American with on-stage drama as a professional career and off-stage drama dealing with parental expectations (and don’t we all know what the inescapable cry of “aaaya” means under those circumstances).

Francis Jue (Yale, ’86) plays the father and starred in TheaterWorks’ previous production of M. Butterfly (taking over for B.D. Wong).  Francis won an Obie in 2008 for this role in Yellow Face.  Pun Bandhu (Yale School of Drama, ’01) plays the son.

Tickets: For best seats order now.

TheatreWorks is giving us its benefit group price since part of the ticket price will benefit AAAYA programs.  These tickets are a fantastic value since the $35 adult ticket price is a 35% savings off the regular $54 price. Tickets must purchased by Wednesday, August 26 to get these discounted prices.

Only a limited number of tickets are available and will be sold on a first come basis until they are sold out. Students may be asked to show a student ID at the door.

Purchase Through PayPal: Go to Yale Club of Silicon Valley’s website (our partner for this event) to order and pay for your tickets. You don’t need a PayPal account to use a credit card.  Be sure to enter your mailing address, phone number, and email address for us to confirm your order, mail the tickets to you, and contact you if we have updates or questions.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009 (Must purchase tickets by Wednesday, August 26)

Program: 6-7:00 pm Meet for dinner (buffet style) at New Mongolian BBQ, 304 Castro Street, Mountain View, 94041 8:00 pm Play begins Post-show Reception at theater with Francis Jue ’86

Location: TheatreWorks Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 500 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041

Directions (map):

FROM HIGHWAY 280: Take Highway 85 exit north toward Mountain View. From Highway 85 take the El Camino Real north exit. Stay on El Camino and turn right on Castro Street. The Center is on the left at the corner of Castro and Mercy Street. Free underground parking accessible from Mercy Street.

FROM HIGHWAY 101: Take the Moffett Boulevard. exit toward Mountain View. Moffett Boulevard becomes Castro Street at the railroad crossing (Central Expressway). Stay on Castro until you reach Mercy Street (four blocks), where the center is on your right. Free underground parking is accessible from Mercy Street.

TheatreWorks is giving us its benefit group price so that we can offer orchestra tickets at prices lower than the usual group or discount prices for this event. Tickets must purchased by Wednesday, August 26 to get these discounted prices.


Please contact Julie Wong (AAAYA NorCal Yellow Face Play event chair) at with AAAYA NorCal Yellow Face Play in the email subject line.

Sponsors: The Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) and the Yale Club of Silicon Valley are co-hosting this event. Part of the ticket price will go to AAAYA to raise money for its programs.


Interested in joining AAAYA? There is no membership fee, register now at, fill in the form, and select “Northern California.”


Interested in helping out on AAAYA NorCal committees? Please contact Wayne Lew (AAAYA NorCal Volunteers Chair) at and let Wayne know your interests, how you would like to become more involved and your contact info.


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The Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) is a volunteer-run, membership based organization that provides a vehicle for Yale University alumni to promote the civic participation, leadership and service of Asian Americans and Asians at Yale and in the broader society.

It pursues its mission by developing programs on campus and in communities in need through the following types of activities:

* Support diversity and equal opportunity at Yale University

* Strengthen student-alumni programs such as student externships and Life-after-Yale

* Strengthen the leadership role and contributions of Asian American students and alumni at Yale and in society

* Advocate for and support Asian American studies at Yale

* Support student programs such as fellowships, internships, scholarships, prizes & volunteer opportunities

* Support the Yale Asian American Cultural Center and its programs and initiatives

* Support Asian American and other underserved communities through funded internships & other programs

* Help further Yale’s mission and place in the world

* Convene gatherings and conferences addressing issues of interest and concern to Alumni of Asian descent

* Strengthen ties with other Yale alumni groups, faculty and outstanding Asian American Yale alumni

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