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 a sharp wit. The New York Times calls the show “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 the 2016 New Eyes Festival at The Playwrights Center, and we are pleased to add Lloyd’s show to our 25th Anniversary Season.

Join us at Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio as we stage this exciting work as part of the Level Nine Initiative!

This production is recommended for age 14 and up.

Photos by Rich Ryan


Tickets in the Dowling Studio are $9. Seating in the Dowling Studio is General Admission. All prices and performances subject to change.


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.


unnamedLloyd Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, The Children of Vonderly, Masha No Home and others, produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Magic Theatre (SF), ArtsEmerson (MA), Denver Center Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), East West Players (LA), and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via The Lark, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and Dramatists Guild. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Studio, an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.  He has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.

Co-Production with and at Guthrie Theater

Eric Sharp*
Frank Chan / Hastings
Hope Nordquist
Kathy / Linda
Stephanie Bertumen
Suzy Takagayama / Eleanor
Song Kim
Charles Sr. / Alfred
Luverne Seifert*
Sergeant / Charlie
Randy Reyes*

* denotes member of Actors Equity
Randy Reyes*
Rich Remedios
Assistant Director
Lyndsey Harter*
Stage Manager
Sarah Michelle Schweitzer
Assistant Stage Manager
JP Mullican
Technical Director
Sarah Brandner
Scenic Designer
Angelina Vyushkova
Lighting Designer
Abbie Warmboe
Properties Designer
Samantha Fromm Haddow
Costume Designer
Matthew Vichlach
Sound Designer
Kathy Maxwell
Projection Designer
Eliza Rasheed
Language Coach
Allen Malicsi
Fight Choreographer

* denotes member of Actors Equity
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