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May 12, 2107, Friday - Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery Opens at Guthrie Theater

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Guthrie Theater, Dowling Theater, 818 Second Street S

The Guthrie Theater presents a Mu Performing Arts production of
Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery
by Lloyd Suh

1967: a new political identity called Asian American emerges and a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder!

At once both comedic and political, Lloyd Suh’s play within a play delves into the history and politics of yellowface with a keen eye, dark humor and sharp wit. The New York Times called it, “a metatheatrical polemic about the way Asian-Americans have been characterized and caricatured in popular culture.”

Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery was featured in Mu Performing Arts’ 2016 New Eyes Festival at The Playwrights Center. Mu celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season this year. 

This production is recommended for age 14 and up.   

Preview performance is Friday, May 12.  Opening night is Saturday, May 13. 

Tickets in the Dowling Studio are $9. Seating in the Dowling Studio is General Admission.

All prices and performances subject to change.


Every Dowling Studio performance includes an audience engagement component. Check back for details.

Part of the Level Nine Series, devoted to community dialogue about today’s most significant topics and questions.


ASL Performances
Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Described Performances
Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Open Captioned Performances

Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Mu Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges its 2016-2017 Season funders:
3M Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Marbrook Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts, St. Paul Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Target