Part of FringeNYC: Mickey Rooney's yellowface performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's is infamous for its lack of cultural sensitivity. But was there ever a way he could have pulled it off? An Asian actor tries to find out in this one man show.
Categories: Solo Show, Comedy, National. From Some Sort of Show. Written by J. Elijah Cho. Directed by Jack Holloway.
FROM THE ARTIST: Some Sort of Show is proud to present Mr. Yunioshi as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. Written and starring J. Elijah Cho. Directed by Jack Holloway and stage managed by Matthew Ray. Produced by Scott Waltz.
Mr. Yunioshi is a solo performance piece that follows a fictional Mickey Rooney as he attempts to create his character for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This comedic show aims to explore the controversial topics of yellowface and "colorblind" casting.
Writer and actor J. Elijah Cho (Mickey Rooney) can be seen this Fall in the third season of AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire, reprising his Season Two role as Mutiny coder, "Wonderboy." He's an accomplished stage actor and has an XBOX Gamerscore nearing 200,000.
Director Jack Holloway is the current Artistic Director of Hat Trick Theatre Productions, the resident theater company of the Murray Studio Theater, at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.
Stage Manager Matthew Ray is the resident Stage Manager for Jobsite Theater in Tampa, FL.
Some Sort of Show was created in the summer of 2010 by J. Elijah Cho, Trevor Seits, and Scott Waltz. The goal was to provide Tampa-based writers, performers, and artists with an environment where they could create some sort of show for local audiences.
"Holloway keeps the set and staging simple, letting the words take center stage. And Cho does a terrific job, ending on a high, comical note, and showing us that while our society has come a long way, it hasn’t come far enough. It’s a very cunning and subtle show, at times almost too clever for it’s own good; I worry some may miss the satire. That said, the world obviously needs more inclusive casting, more A-List Asian actors, and it certainly needs more Cho."
"A big part of the theatricality is, of course, watching an Asian man portray a white man struggling to come across as Asian...It's funny yet painful when this Asian actor dons the movie costume of a robe, glasses with stereotypical Jap round black frames, and two cartoon-like oversized front teeth. He succeeds in letting us know that this kind of casting is ugly and out of date, and the total transition to a more evolved, realistic, and enlightened view of various races is still overdue."