Byron Yee's 'Paper Son' Awarded 'Outstanding Solo Show' by New York International Fringe Festival; Extended at SoHo Playhouse Thru September 9th as Part of FringeNYC Encore Series

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Written and peformed by Byron Yee, "Paper Son" is Yee's autobiographical show about growing up in Oklahoma, moving California, becoming a stand-up comedian, then finding his heritage deep within the National Archives of the United States. This award winning and critically acclaimed show will play at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St, as part of the FringeNYC Encore Series through September 9th.

"Paper Son", written and performed by Byron Yee, was awarded "Outstanding Solo Show" at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival and has been extended through September 9th, 2007 at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St, as part of the FringeNYC Encore Series. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling (212) 691-1555 or via the web at http://www.fringenyc-encores.com . For more information on the production, please visit http://www.paperson.com .

Developed with Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Amy Freed ("Freedomland") and featuring voiceovers by Carlos Alazraqui ("Reno 911"), the performance schedule for "Paper Son" will be:

Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 pm
Friday, August 31st at 9:30pm
Saturday, September 1st at 2:30pm
Sunday, September 2nd at 2:30pm
Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 5th at 9:30pm
Friday, September 7th at 9:00pm
Saturday, September 8th at 8:00pm
Sunday, September 9th at 6:00pm

"Paper Son" takes an alternately funny and poignant look at the subjects of immigration and personal heritage as it tells the story of Oklahoma bred Chinese-American Byron Yee, who moves to California to start a career in stand-up comedy. A disastrous audition for a movie role as a stereotypical, Pidgin-English-speaking Chinese restaurant owner prompts Yee to investigate his long-ignored heritage. Along the way he learns about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the only law in American history to deny citizenship or entry based on a specific nationality with the only exceptions being Chinese merchants, diplomats, citizens and sons of citizens. But hopeful Chinese immigrants, desperate to come to America, would buy identities and claim fictive relationships to get around the law - hence the term "paper son". A trip to the National Archives of the United States reveals the startling truth: Yee's own father was one such Paper Son.

Yee has been performing "Paper Son" since 1997 and has toured the US, Canada and the U.K. with the show. In addition to the most recent honor, "Paper Son" was named Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival and was nominated by the Bay Area Theatre Critics for Best Original Script. Critics have been virtually unanimous in their praise for "Paper Son":

"Ragingly funny and riveting . . . hilarious and irreverent, yet deeply touching. Has the legs for a successful Off-Broadway run." - Variety

"A winning performance . . . a deft mix of comedy and gravitas." - - L.A. Times

"A Fringe experience that ranks with the best. Destined to be one of the Fringe's big hits." - Edmonton Sun

"It can be an electrifying combination, polish and an open heart on the stage. This absolutely riveting one-man show by Byron Yee boasts plenty of both and the result is a wonderfully moving experience leavened by laughter. ***** (Five Stars)" - Edmonton Journal

"'Paper Son' is both artfully constructed and as poignant as it is funny. Yee's tale achieves a sweet balance between comedy and dramatic narrative. It's a tale well told . . . succeeds in making history memorably personal." - San Francisco Examiner

"Byron Yee has honed his 'Paper Son" into one of the best commentaries on North American 'ethnic identity' I've ever experienced. He transforms serious and personal issues of cultural alienation and ethnic stereotyping into universal touchstones. Yee explores his father's history as a Chinese immigrant not as means to define the experience of American-born Chinese, but to further understand himself. Not only does he succeed in the task, but he also eloquently taps into everyone's search for the same thing. ***** (Five Stars)." - Vue Weekly

"A beautiful and funny remembrance of family and a testament to the human need for understanding." - nytheatre.com

"A fantastic performance. Deeply entertaining and delightfully moving." - OffOffOnline.com

Byron Yee is a Los Angeles based comedian and actor. His credits include Comedy Central's "Two Drink Minimum" and NBC's "Friday Night". He was a finalist on Bravo's "Situation: Comedy" and will be seen in the upcoming film "The Bloke Goes to Hollywood".

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