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A Chinese woman in a green blouse and jeans stands in front of open red doors, out of which a trolley car, Chinese dragon puppet, street signs, and paper lanterns are popping out.

Specialty Nights

  • Discussion Nights September 27 & October 17, 2023
  • Pride Night October 13, 2023
  • Masks Required September 23, 2PM & October 17, 7:30PM

DC Premiere

King of the Yees

September 12 – October 22, 2023


A vibrant, semi-autobiographical comedy about community, culture and the connection between fathers and daughters.

Playwright Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band) is rehearsing her newest show about her father (which she has not told him about), when he joyfully bursts through the doors and interrupts the actors. After he later goes missing, the younger Yee must embark on a quest through San Francisco’s famous Chinatown, beyond the iconic Dragon’s Gate, through a bustling maze of alleys and magical portals, to find him before it’s too late.

Bitingly funny, heartfelt, and imaginative, King of the Yees is an exuberant epic of rediscovering heritage and becoming a part of, instead of apart from, one’s story.

“A delightfully disorderly entertainment, as sprawling and silly as it is unexpectedly moving.” – Los Angeles Times

Currently, this show can only be purchased as part of a subscription package.
Single tickets will go on sale later this summer.

  • Masks are no longer required for most performances. Click here for Signature’s current safety policy
    Signature does not set policy by season, make sure you check the policy before attending.

  • Running time is approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

    This show is recommended for mature teens and up, it has some mild stereotypical language, gunshot sounds and will use theatrical haze. Click here for more detailed content warnings.

  • Show art does not necessarily reflect production casting.
    Photo by Christopher Mueller. Model: Rebecca Kiser