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* (Limited Seating) and Saturday, September 26, 2015 (Sold Out!), following the 8PM performance of his hit comedy Chinglish.
“The U.S. and China are at a critical moment in history—each nation is deeply interested in, but knows very little about the other. Chinglish was born from the many visits I’ve made to China over the past five or six years to witness the exciting changes there,” says Hwang.
Chinglish is about an American businessman who is 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?
“As the namesake of our theater, it is only fitting that a work by David Henry Hwang, be a part of our 50th Anniversary Season. David is truly a trailblazer in expanding the spectrum of stories that explore the Asian American experience and Chinglish is his latest and the most relevant in reflecting the global world in which we live.” says Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director. “Chinglish is a smart and comedic way of examining how lines, and cultures get crossed in international relations.”
The cast features Kara Wang (Chen Kaige’s Caught in the Web and Daniel Hsia’s Shanghai Calling) as “Xi Yan,” Matthew Jaeger as “Daniel Cavanaugh,” Jeff Locker as “Peter Timms,” Ben Wang as “Cai Guolang,” Leann Lei as “Miss Qian” and “Prosecutor Li,” Ewan Chung as “Bing” and “Judge Xu Geming,” and Joy Yao as “Zhao.” Jeff Liu directs the production, which begins previews on September 10.
Liu’s directorial credits include the two-part film entitled Yellow Face, based on the David Henry Hwang play of the same name, along with Christmas in Hanoi, Wrinkles, and Ixnay at East West Players.
The design team includes: set design by Hana Sooyeon Kim, lighting design by Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz, costume design by Yuheng Dai, sound design by Dennis Yen, and props by Michael O’Hara. Stage manager is Sylvia Trinh.
*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: http://eepurl.com/bw0c3T