Yankee Dawg You Die

By Philip Kan Gotanda

Directed by Betty Diamond

The play, set in the late 1980s, focuses on the relationship between well-established “Chinese” actor Vincent Chang and aspiring Japanese-American actor Bradley Yamashita. Vincent, who began his career during WWII, made his name by playing stereotypical Asian characters, like the “Jap” soldier who spews “Yankee dawg, you die!” Bradley thinks accepting such roles is wrong, while at the same time acknowledging that seeing Vincent’s Asian face on screen inspired him to be an actor. Yankee Dawg offers a comic--Godzilla, of course, makes an appearance--yet nuanced perspective on this issue which still affects all those who suffer from stereotyping.

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: September 26 - October 11, 2014

Performance Times: Fri, 9/26 - 7:30
Sat, 9/27 - 7:30
Thu, 10/2 - 7:30
Fri, 10/3 - 7:30
Sat, 10/4 - 7:30
Sun, 10/5 - 2:00
Thu, 10/9 - 7:30
Fri, 10/10 - 7:30
Sat, 10/11 - 7:30

Ticket Prices: $20

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions: Auditions will be held on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29, at the Bartell Theatre, on the Drury stage (2nd floor), at 7 pm each evening. Advance sign-up is required. Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time to sign in.

What to prepare: Please prepare a 2-3 minute monologue; you will also be asked to read from the script. Please also bring a completed audition form, found on the MTG website: http://madisontheatreguild.org/yankeedawg-auditions/

How to sign up for an audition: Advance sign up is required. Please send an email message with your full name, cell phone number, and email address to jim.chiolino@madisontheatreguild.org. You will receive a confirmation email message.

Schedule: Rehearsals will start the week of August 25th. In general, rehearsals will be four nights a week, to be determined by cast availability.

Character breakdown:

Asian-American male, 60s

Asian-American male, 20s.

Bring your calendar to the auditions so you can note any conflicts on the rehearsal schedule at that time.

Further information:

Please contact the director at betty.diamond@madisontheatreguild.org or (608) 257-5548 if you have any questions.