Apr. 24: Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Aurora Adachi-Winter, James Chen, and Alec Silver set for Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs Virtual Reading of Max Yu’s NIGHTWATCH with Chay Yew at Helm

Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs virtual reading of Max Yu’s Nightwatch, directed by Chay Yew will premiere on Saturday, April 24 at 7pm CST/8pm EST.


Winner of the 2019 Relentless Award, Nightwatch reckons with unknown history and generations of hidden family stories. 

In Nightwatch, 20-year-old Leo drops out of college and returns home to San Francisco’s Chinatown only to discover a secret that’s been kept from him: his father passed away weeks ago. To try to cope, he delves into his family’s untold past in the Chinese Community Cultural Revolution-redefining everyone and everything he thought was in his bloodline.

The cast features Francis Jue as Yeye, Emily Kuroda as Nainai, Aurora Adachi-Winter as Bonnie, James Chen as Ba, and Alec Silver as Leo. Carolyn Hu Bradbury will read stage directions.

Registration for this FREE event is required. For more information, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Nightwatch

Playwright Max Yu  is a Chinese-American writer and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He won the 2019 Relentless Award for his original play Nightwatch, for which he was featured in The New York Times. Max is a member of Page 73’s 2021-2022 Interstate 73 Writers Group, and his is plays have been developed at Horizon Theatre and Shaking the Tree Theater. His poetry and prose have been published in Spittoon and Babel. Max is currently based in Shanghai, China, where he teaches English. He graduated with a degree in Playwrighting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. maxyu.carrd.co

Director Chay Yew previously collaborated with the Goodman on Lady in Denmark, Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, and Dartmoor Prison. Other Chicago credits include Po Boy Tango at Northlight Theatre; Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Teatro Vista; Packing at About Face; and Lettie, A Wonder in My Soul, Hillary and Clinton, The House That Will Not Stand, Oedipus el Rey, Death and the Maiden, An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Mojada, and Universes’ Ameriville at Victory Gardens Theater. In New York, he has directed at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick, Playwrights Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and National Asian American Theatre Company. Regionally, he has directed at the American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, Denver Center Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Singapore Repertory Theatre, amongst others. For his direction, he has been awarded an Obie Award. From 2011-2020, he was the artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater.

In addition, the Encore series-four plays from the theater’s “video vault,” curated by the Goodman’s Artistic team-continues with Pedro Páramo (available through April 11), followed by Smokefall (April 12-25) and Measure for Measure (April 26-May 9). 

About Future Labs

Future Labs—Goodman Theatre’s newest artistic program to develop works authored and directed by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and other artists of color. Designed primarily for Chicago-based writers who have not had a play produced at the Goodman, Future Labs will feature up to nine workshops and presentations, slated to begin early 2021.

Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

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