STARTS 4/24/2021 Virtual Reading
7pm CDT Free, reservations required

Saturday, April 24 at 7pm CDT

By Max Yu, Directed by Chay Yew

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.


Current runtime: 90 minutes 

Read Content Advisory Info
  • Nightwatch contains profanity and adult themes and is intended for mature audiences.
  • Max Yu / Playwright

    Max Yu is a Chinese-American writer and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He won the 2019 Relentless Award for his original play Nightwatch, for which he was featured in The New York Times. Max is a member of Page 73’s 2021-2022 Interstate 73 Writers Group, and his is plays have been developed at Horizon Theatre and Shaking the Tree Theater. His poetry and prose have been published in Spittoon and Babel. Max is currently based in Shanghai, China, where he teaches English. He graduated with a degree in Playwrighting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019.

    Max Yu
  • Chay Yew / Director

    Chay Yew previously collaborated with the Goodman on Lady in Denmark, Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, and Dartmoor Prison. Other Chicago credits include Po Boy Tango at Northlight Theatre; Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Teatro Vista; Packing at About Face; and Lettie, A Wonder in My Soul, Hillary and Clinton, The House That Will Not Stand, Oedipus el Rey, Death and the Maiden, An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Mojada, and Universes’ Ameriville at Victory Gardens Theater. In New York, he has directed at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick, Playwrights Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and National Asian American Theatre Company. Regionally, he has directed at the American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, Denver Center Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Singapore Repertory Theatre, amongst others. For his direction, he has been awarded an Obie Award. From 2011-2020, he was the artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater.

    Chay Yew



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