December 1 - 19, 2021 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission

When 20-year-old Leo drops out of college and returns home to San Francisco’s Chinatown, he discovers a secret that’s been kept from him: his father passed away weeks ago. To try to cope, he delves into his family’s untold past in the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution, redefining everyone and everything he thought was in his bloodline. Winner of the 2019 Relentless Award, Max Yu’s thrilling Nightwatch reckons with unknown history and generations of hidden family stories.

Nightwatch was originally developed as part of the Goodman's Future Labs program—a series of workshops and presentations written and led by artists of color. Learn more at

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  • Nightwatch contains adult language, drug use and discussions of violence including self harm. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800

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  • Max Yu

    Max Yu Playwright

  • Chay Yew

    Chay Yew Director

  • Aurora Adachi-Winter

    Aurora Adachi-Winter Bonnie

  • Stan Egi

    Stan Egi 爷爷 (Yeye)

  • Wai Ching Ho

    Wai Ching Ho 奶奶 (Nainai)

  • Alec Silver

    Alec Silver Leo

  • Matthew C. Yee

    Matthew C. Yee 爸 (Ba)

  • Courtney O'Neill

    Courtney O'Neill Set Designer

  • Izumi Inaba

    Izumi Inaba Costume Designer

  • Heather Gilbert

    Heather Gilbert Lighting Designer

  • Mikhail Fiksel

    Mikhail Fiksel Sound Designer

  • Jinni Pike

    Jinni Pike Production Stage Manager

  • Rachael Jimenez

    Rachael Jimenez Casting

  • Lauren Port

    Lauren Port Casting

  • Kat Zukaitis

    Kat Zukaitis Dramaturg

  • Gaby Labotka

    Gaby Labotka Intimacy/Fight Director

  • Gwendoyln Madrigal

    Gwendoyln Madrigal Production Assistant