Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven

Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven

A show about white people in love.

Written and directed by Young Jean Lee

Commissioned by the HERE Arts Center, New York
(World Premiere, September 2006)

Originally performed by

  • Brian Bickerstaff
  • Juliana Francis Kelly
  • Haerry Kim
  • Jun Sky Kim
  • Jennifer Lim
  • Becky Yamamoto

Additional Cast

  • Natalie Kim
  • Hannah Kim
  • Aya Ogawa
  • Video and Choreography by Dean Moss
  • Scenery and Lighting Design by Eric Dyer
  • Costume Design by Colleen Werthmann
  • Sound Design by Jamie McElhinney
  • Scenic Painting by Jesse Hawley
  • Stage Management by Melissa Heller, Pam Salling,
    Sam Seymour, Anthony Cerrato

"The best parodies start with great titles. So Young Jean Lee’s hysterically funny 'Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven' is perfect...politically incorrect...directed brilliantly."
— New York Times

"[Lee] piles her deconstructive scorn upon ethnic stereotypes in Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, a sweet-and-sour parade of Asian minstrelsy and race-baiting that culminates in a perverse, soul-baring love scene between two caucasians."
— Time Out New York

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Avantgarden, Trondheim, Norway
November 2008

Black Box, Oslo, Norway
November 2008

Teater Garasjen, Bergen, Norway
November 2008

Theatre Garonne Toulouse, France
June 2008

International Arts Festival of Castilla y León,
Salamanca, Spain
June 2008

On the Boards, Seattle
March 2008

Kaaitheater, Brussels
January 2008

Hebbel Theater, Berlin
December 2007

PICA TBA Festival, Portland
September 2007

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia
September 2007

Zurich Theater Spektakel, Zurich
August 2007

Theaterformen, Hannover
June 2007

Wiener Festwochen - Vienna Festival, Austria
May 2007

Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
February 2007

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
January 2007

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
January 2007

HERE Arts Center, New York (World Premiere)
September 2006

HERE Arts Center, New York
(Workshop presentations)
January 2006 and November 2006

CUNY Graduate Center's Prelude Festival, New York
(Workshop presentation)
October 2005

Photos by Carl Skutsch