King of the Yees


King of the Yees
By Lauren Yee

Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
A World Premiere Goodman Commission
March 31 - April 30, 2017 in the Owen

King of the Yees is an offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one’s rich ancestral heritage—and the conflict that ensues. The affable Larry Yee remains a driving force in the San Francisco Chinese American community as the head of the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent men's club dedicated to the preservation of the Yee line. His daughter Lauren, however, is dismissive of its patriarchal culture policy, despite her father’s lifelong dedication to the group. When Larry suddenly goes missing, Lauren’s desperate search drops her into a strange but familiar world where she will have to embrace the past if she wants to get her father back. Explore the vivid history of America’s largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee’s hilarious and touching theatrical quest to connect with her family lineage.

King of the Yees

  • King of the Yees, Playwright
    King of the Yees, Playwright

    LAUREN YEE returns to Goodman Theatre, where her play King of the Yees appeared in the 2015 New Stages Festival. Her plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions and Impact Theatre), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie and AlterTheater), Hookman (Encore Theatre and Company One), in a word (rolling world premiere at San Francisco Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre and Strawdog Theatre Company), Samsara (Victory Gardens Theater, Chance Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwright Conference and Bay Area Playwrights Festival) and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund and Mu Performing Arts). She was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in New York.

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  • King of the Yees, Director
    King of the Yees, Director

    JOSHUA KAHAN BRODY returns to Goodman Theatre, where he directed the New Stages Festival production of King of the Yees in 2015. Brody’s directing credits includeThe Last Tiger in Haiti (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego); True Believer (Theaterlab, New York); Fourteen Flights (Fringe NYC, Official Selection of the Fringe Encore Series; Award for Excellence in Directing); Three Plays in a Tattoo Shop (THE TRIP, San Diego); Pericles and Medea (University of Missouri—Kansas City) and Little Children Dream of God, A Man, His Wife and His HatThe Santa Barbarians, Titus Andronicus and The Dybbuk (University of California—San Diego). He has assistant directed for productions on and off-Broadway as well as at regional theaters. Brody received his MFA from University of California—San Diego and his BA from Yale University. He is the recipient of a 2015 Princess Grace Award.

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    Rammel Chan (Actor 3), Melissa Canciller (Lauren) and Francis Jue (Larry) in King of the Yees by Lauren Yee, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody at Goodman Theatre as part of the 2015 New Stages Festival (November 1 – November 15, 2015). 

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    Dan Smith (Actor 1), Melissa Canciller (Lauren) and Deanna Myers (Actor 2) in King of the Yees by Lauren Yee, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody at Goodman Theatre as part of the 2015New Stages Festival (November 1 – November 15, 2015). 

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    Melissa Canciller (Lauren), Dan Smith (Actor 1) and Rammel Chan (Actor 3) in King of the Yees by Lauren Yee, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody at Goodman Theatre as part of the 2015 New Stages Festival (November 1 – November 15, 2015). 

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