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Author’s Note

I’m grateful to honor an extraordinary book that served as a critical and primary source for my research process on this play: Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940, Lai, Him Mark, Genny Lim, and Judy Yung, eds. © 2014, Reg. No. TX 8-066-082 (University of Washington Press listing).

The book is not just a wide-ranging account of the Exclusion Era and the history of Angel Island Immigration Station, it is also a compilation of the extraordinary poetry found on the walls in the detention center, and an important, remarkable document of a pivotal and under-examined period in Asian American history.

I’m deeply grateful to Genny Lim, not only for her generous permission to include excerpts from her translations of the poems in the text of the play, but even more for the extraordinary and comprehensive work she has done over many years to unearth, illuminate, and share the history it contains. I’m also deeply sorry for not including this acknowledgement during the first two productions of the play – because without Genny’s work, along with her colleagues Him Mark Lai and Judy Yung, this history would still be completely hidden from the world. Their passion and commitment to sharing the voices and experiences of the poets of Angel Island were not only of critical importance to the play, they are of critical importance to the history of Asian America. I hope you will take a deeper dive into this history through this groundbreaking book, and I can’t thank Genny and her colleagues enough for all they’ve done to give voice to the poets of Angel Island.

Content Guidance

Running time
The Far Country runs 2 hours and 10 minutes including intermission.

The play refers to difficult subjects including anti-Chinese sentiment, xenophobia, forced incarceration, and attempted suicide. Production effects include haze, fog, and use of herbal cigarettes.

Yale Repertory Theatre recognizes that audiences may have a variety of needs when engaging with the themes our work examines. If you wish to know more about the content of this play, please contact our box office at 203.432.1234 or We are happy to provide additional information for your visit to Yale Rep.

The Far Country will be Yale Rep’s 2023–24 WILLPOWER! production. Yale Rep’s annual education initiative includes three morning matinee performances of The Far Country for high school students from New Haven Public Schools, entirely free of charge, May 14, 15, and 16. For more information on the program, please contact Senior Artistic Producer Amy Boratko at


Meet the Artists

Creative Team

Lloyd Suh


Ralph B. Peña


Kim Zhou

Scenic Designer

Kiyoshi Shaw

Costume Designer

Matthew Armentrout

Hair Designer

Yichen Zhou

Lighting Designer

Joe Krempetz

Sound Design and Original Music

Xi (Zoey) Lin

Sound Design and Original Music

Hana S. Kim

Projection Designer

A.B. Orme

Production Dramaturg

Matteo Lanzarotta

Technical Director

Midori Nakamura

Vocal and Dialect Coach

Calleri Jensen Davis

Casting Director

Alexus Jade Coney

Stage Manager


Tina Chilip


Đavid Lee Huỳnh


Haskell King


Jesse Cao Long


Joe Osheroff


David Shih


Hao Feng

Moon Gyet

Joyce Meimei Zheng



Anzi DeBenedetto

Understudy for Moon Gyet

Sergio Mauritz Ang

Understudy for Two, Yip/One

Edoardo Benzoni

Understudy for Dean/Inspector

Paul Juhn

Understudy for Gee/Three

Christina Liang

Understudy for Yuen/Low/Four

Max Sheldon

Understudy for Harriwell/Interpreter

Community Events



A celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, Yale Rep’s production of The Far Country, AAPI theatermakers, and our local AAPI community featuring a series of events that include affinity spaces and opportunities for all to learn together.

Dinner, Discussion, and a Show!

Monday, April 29, 6PM

Join us at one of several Asian Diasporic restaurants around New Haven for dinner and small curated discussions. Dinner is provided by Yale Rep and timed so participants can attend the 8PM production of The Far Country by Lloyd Suh, directed by Ralph B. Peña. While all are welcome, we hope to intentionally create spaces of conversation across AAPI communities. Space is limited to 32 total participants; register soon! Confirmed registrants will receive a confirmation email.


Theatermakers Connect 

Monday, May 6, 5:30–7:30PM
August Wilson Lounge, Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

Join us for a conversation centered around supporting and uplifting AAPI Theatermakers around the productions of The Far Country by Lloyd Suh (Yale Repertory Theatre) and Pearl’s Beauty Salon by Stefani Kuo (Carlotta Festival, David Geffen School of Drama).  Dinner provided by Yale Repertory Theatre. Open to all!


Workshops in Community 

Thursday, May 16, 5–7PM
149 York Street, Rooms 107 and 109

Join us for arts workshops led by AAPI artists across various disciplines. Open to all!

Tai Chi Workshop led by Shirley Chock

Visual Arts Workshop led by Kaitlin Fung



Saturday, February 24, 2024, 1–2PM
Creative Arts Workshop

80 Audubon Street, New Haven

Arts & Crafts with Yale Repertory Theatre: Secret Messages

Create your own secret messages and watch them come to life during an arts & crafts hour hosted by Yale Repertory Theatre and inspired by the upcoming production of The Far Country by Lloyd Suh.


Thursday, May 9, 2024, 6-7PM
Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Avenue, New Haven

Join us for an information session about Spanish-captioned performances at Yale Rep, how to get free tickets through the library, and our production of The Far Country by Lloyd Suh. This session will be led by staff and artists from Yale Rep. The session will be in both Spanish and English.

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 11AM
Ives Main Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

Join us for a special story time and kite-making activityActor Jesse Cao Long of The Far Country will read Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung and Chris Sasaki. Inspired by Wong’s work as a kite-maker, each child will get a chance to construct and take home their own paper kite.