lead actor sylvia kwan
lead actor paul yen
LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE nominations
Paul Yen is stupendous from start to finish as Quang, the Playwright’s charismatic bad boy father. Yen raps with... swagger as he fast-talks the super contemporary slang. [H]e’s like an Asian James Dean.
Yen gives a charismatic performance as Quang. It’s a role that requires him not only to rap and enact choreographed fights but also to portray the elderly version of his character, which he does with graceful skill.
[S]ome of the most thrilling raps since Lin Manuel Miranda revolutionized Broadway... expertly delivered by Yen and Kwan... Yen’s sexy, sculpted Quang [is] everything you want a... romantic lead to be[.]
Paul Yen totally inhabits his role of Quang... Yen's at his most charming as the older Quang being interviewed on his military history by his adult son.
His raps are among the most searing and he delivers a nuanced, heartbreaking performance.
Yen balances the sensitive and macho sides of Quang.
Paul Yen Premieres Secret Identity Crisis at Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017
Encore tickets on sale now for performances on July 8th & 22nd
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 1, 2017 – Paul Yen announced today the world premiere of Secret Identity Crisis, a super one-man show that asks, “Is ASIAN the mask we choose, or the mask we’re given?” Yen reimagines three iconic superheroes to examine the history of Asians in America and his own struggle with identity in the film industry.
Weaving in his humorous observations and personal experiences, Yen explores the different masks Asian Americans wear through the eyes of Superman, a model minority who stands for truth, justice, and the American way; Batman, whose wealth doesn’t free his family from discrimination; and Spiderman, a young adult facing his responsibility to help his immigrant family and community.
Secret Identity Crisis was awarded a 2017 Fringe Scholarship, which gives diverse artists a platform to present unique, underrepresented themes and/or narratives, with grants supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
“In a Hollywood that routinely ignores or whitewashes ethnic characters, the idea of an Asian American hero may still be revolutionary,” said Paul Yen. “But I hope to show that Asian American heroes have been in our country all along.”
For more information and ticketing, please visit http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4564
Written and Performed by Paul Yen
Directed and Developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson
Asylum @ Studio C
6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Ticket Price: $15.00
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 8:30pm
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30pm
About Paul Yen
Paul Yen is a Los Angeles-based actor on a continuing journey of self-discovery. He has appeared on a variety of platforms, including roles in Habitat (Latino Theater Company), Amazon's Bosch, CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles, TNT's The Last Ship, and independent features One Hour Fantasy Girl and Midnights with Adam (Los Angeles Asian Film Festival). He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a Minor in Theatre from Long Beach State. To learn more, visit http://www.paulyen.com or follow Paul on Facebook and Instagram.
About Hollywood Fringe
Hollywood Fringe Festival is the largest performing arts celebration on the West Coast. An annual event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community, the 2017 festival runs June 8-25 and offers over 1,400 performances in more than 30 venues.
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