By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Jeff Liu

September 10, 2015 thru October 11, 2015

*Due to popular demand, a matinee performance for Chinglish has been added on Saturday, October 10 @2PM!

“CRITIC’S CHOICE!…deliriously funny, deliciously mysterious play…the production is a highlight of the company’s 50th season.” – Los Angeles Times
“Standout performances…remarkable” – Downtown News
“WOW!” – Stage Scene LA

An American businessman who’s desperately looking to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm travels to China only to learn how much he doesn’t understand: his translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xi, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk – but what is she saying, anyway? From East West Players’ favorite playwright comes an uproarious new comedy.

With generous support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players.

In community partnership with Asian Business Association.

Running time: 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission
*Chinglish utilizes supertitles to translate Mandarin Chinese. This production contains adult situations, mature language, and strobe effects.


Creative Team

Scenic and Projection Design by Hana Sooyeon Kim
Costume Design by Yuheng Dai
Lighting Design by Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz
Sound Design by Dennis Yen
Prop Master Michael O’Hara
Stage Manager: Sylvia Trinh

September 10 – October 11, 2015

Preview Performances

Previews are Thursday, September 10; Friday, September 11; and Saturday, September 12 (all at 8 p.m.), and Sunday, September 13, at 2 p.m.

Opening Night

A ticket to opening night on Wednesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. includes a 7 p.m. pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team. (Call EWP for ticket prices and availability.)

Pay-What-You-Can Performance

Thursday, September 17, at 8 p.m.
Patrons can begin to line up in front of the Box Office at 6PM and we will open the line to purchase tickets at 7pm. Cash only!

Post-Show Discussions

Friday, September 25 at 8 p.m.
Tony Award-winning Playwright David Henry Hwang returns to Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles to participate in a special talkback on Friday, September 25, 2015, following the 8PM performance of his hit comedy Chinglish.

Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre (APAFT) is holding a fundraiser prior to the Friday 9/25 performance. The fundraiser includes an exclusive pre-show dinner at Fu-Ga restaurant and intimate meet-and-greet with Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang. Contributions made at this event benefit the APAFT/ David Henry Hwang Writers Institute Scholarship. For more information please click here:

Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT!)
Tony Award-winning Playwright David Henry Hwang returns to Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles to participate in a special talkback on Saturday, September 26, 2015, following the 8PM performance of his hit comedy Chinglish.

Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m.
A chat with the performers and creative team immediately follows the show.

A Night with James Hong

Friday, October 9  at 8 p.m. with EWP Founder Actor James Hong
Actor James Hong is one of East West Players’ Founders. With over 500 film and TV roles in his repertoire spanning over 50 years, he is well known for numerous roles such as Lo Pan in the cult classic Big Trouble in Little China and Mr. Ping inKung Fu Panda. We are truly honored to have James as one of our founders.

Come a little early to enjoy Wine Down Friday and meet James! He will also be onhand to chat during intermission and immediately after the show. Buy your tickets online today!

Wine Down Fridays

A complimentary glass of red or white wine will be served before the Friday show during the regular performance run. (Interested parties must be 21 years of age or older to drink).

Production Photos


Want to know what the first and last rules of doing business in China are?

Peter Timms (Jeff Locker) and Cai Guoliang (Ben Wang) perform an excerpt from the Chinese Opera “Presenting Pearl on Hongqiao Bridge”

Xi Yan (Kara Wang) and Daniel Cavanaugh ( Matthew Jaeger) are lost in translation in this sneak peek from the hit comedy “Chinglish” by David Henry Hwang.