Theatre, Comedy

Mr Yunioshi



Thurs 17 Sep - Sun 20 Sep | 1 hour Online Event

Mickey Rooney's infamous performance as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's is often pointed to as the most egregious example of yellowface in the movies. His over the top characterization is cringeworthy to watch to this day, but it also raises several questions:

Should actors really have the opportunity to play any role? Could there ever have been a “right” way for him to play it? And what compels an actor to play a character that they really probably shouldn’t be playing? Asian-American writer/performer J. Elijah Cho attempts to explore these topics and more in his show, Mr. Yunioshi (Best Solo Show, 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival).

Mr. Yunioshi is a solo performance piece that follows actor Mickey Rooney as he attempts to create his character for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Written and performed Asian American actor  J Elijah Cho.
This comedic show aims to explore the controversial topics of yellow-face and “colourblind” casting.

This event will also be live-streamed as part of Global Fringe Gala Week 3.

You can access this event without purchasing a ticket but we strongly encourage viewers to Pay What You Feel the work is worth. Now more than ever independent artists need your support.


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Show details

Show details
  • 1 hour
  • Venue 1: Online Events
  • Australian Premiere
  • This event will also be live-streamed as part of Global Fringe Gala Week 3.
Venue details & accessibility
Online Events

When the live or on-demand stream is available it will be housed on this event page. Simply scroll down until you see the video image, and click play! In 2020 all online Global fringe events are Pay What You Feel. There is no pay-wall stopping you from accessing the event, but we encourage all viewers to click the “Pay What You Feel Now” icon within the video screen and contribute what you believe the work has been worth to you.

Dates and times


Thurs 17 Sep - Sun 20 Sep

"There are no rules for solo shows and the ones that break solo conventions usually reap the rewards, especially if the way the subject matter is addressed is passionate, unique, and smart. J. Elijah Cho’s Mr. Yunioshi is all three. “Mr. Yunioshi” is an inspired idea, an expertly-written play, and feels surprisingly healing.." Gia On The Move

"Mr. Yunioshi is the must-see solo show of the Hollywood Fringe this year. It’s smart, fresh, clever, funny from start to finish, and exactly the kind of show you hope to see during Fringe." FringeReview

  • Written and performed by – J. Elijah Cho
  • Directed by – Joe Wagner
  • Stage Manager – Katherine Lester
  • Filmed at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival in the Broadwater Studio Theater by – Nathaniel Beaver (Parry-Riposte Films)
Presented by
  • J. Elijah Cho
  • Breakfast At Tiffany’s Composed by Todd Pipes © Lorene, Lorene Publishing By kind permission of Warner Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd