This award-winning comic mystery follows hard-boiled detective Sam Shikaze through the shady streets of 1970s Vancouver. On a case to solve the disappearance of the mysterious Cherry Blossom Queen, Shikaze becomes entangled in a web of political deception and racism that rouses memories of the Japanese-Canadian internment camps and leads to an unexpected romance. An Off-Broadway hit and New York Times Critic’s Choice, Yellow Fever launched Rick Shiomi’s theatrical career.

The cast includes Mu regulars Kurt Kwan (Sam Shikaze), Sara Ochs, and Eric Sharp, as well as Wade Vaughn and more. Yellow Fever marks the fourth Mu production to be presented in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio.

Recommended for ages 12+.


FRI, March 08    7:30 P.M.    $18    Preview SAT, March 09    1:00 P.M.    $18    Preview SAT, March 09    7:30 P.M.    $34    Opening SUN, March 10    1:00 P.M.    $26    Post-Show Discussion SUN, March 10    7:00 P.M.    $22
WED, March 13    7:30 P.M.    $22 THU, March 14    7:30 P.M.    $26 FRI, March 15    7:30 P.M.    $30 SAT, March 16    7:30 P.M.    $30 SUN, March 17    1:00 P.M.    $26    Post-Show Discussion
WED, March 20    7:30 P.M.    $22 THU, March 21    7:30 P.M.    $26 FRI, March 22    7:30 P.M.    $30 SAT, March 23    7:30 P.M.    $30 SUN, March 24    1:00 P.M.    $26    ASL/AD

Claiming Center Stage:

The Future of the Asian American Theater $2.00 Reservations Required Tickets available in person, or by phone at 612-377-2224 Saturday, March 9 Dowling Studio Theater
4:30 pm Panel Discussion 5:30 - 7:00 pm Dinner Break - Guthrie Theater dining options 7:30 Opening Night Performance of Yellow Fever
Moderator: MPR's Marianne Combs
Panelists: - Rick Shiomi, Mu Performing Arts Co-Founder and Artistic Director - Dr. Josephine Lee, University of MN, Professor of English and Asian American Studies - Randy Reyes, Mu Performing Arts, In-coming Artistic Director Over its 20 year history, Mu Performing Arts has become a major player on the national Asian American theater scene. Attend this special pre-show discussion to learn more about Mu's place in the movement and be among the first to hear about the company's plans for the future.

"As a playwright, Mr. Shiomi is his own crafty private investigator, making his points through indirection and with droll humor... Mr. Shiomi's Yellow Fever is so captivating that it makes one eager for further adventures of the inimitable Sam Shikaze."

~Mel Gussow, The New York Times

"Yellow Fever is a funny mystery--a real mystery, that is, which parodies private-eye movies and also tucks in quite a lot of social comment without ever breaking its own comic mood."

~Edith Oliver, The New Yorker

Sam Shikaze
Kurt Kwan
Nancy Wing
Sara Ochs
Rosie O'Hara
Jeannie Lander
Chuck Chan
Alex Galick
Captain Kadota
Eric Sharp*
Sergeant Mackenzie
Brandon Ewald
Goldberg / Superintendent Jameson
Wade Vaughn

* denotes member of Actors Equity
Rick Shiomi
Assistant Director
Martha Johnson
Stage Manager
Lisa Smith*
Scenic Designer
Josephy Stanley
Lighting Designer
Karin Olson
Sound Designer
Forest Godfrey
Costume Designer
Kathy Kohl
Props Designer
Mina Kinukawa
Fight Choreographer
Brandon Ewald

* denotes member of Actors Equity