Center Theatre Group
In Association with East West Players


Soft Power


By David Henry Hwang
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Leigh Silverman

MAY 3 – JUNE 10, 2018*
*May 8-12, 2018 are the available dates for EWP subscribers



A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award® winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader, as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. Hwang and Tesori have created one of the most eagerly anticipated new works of the year.

In Partnership with Center Theatre Group
Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1,600 to 2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

Venue: The Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Play and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang
Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Scene Design by David Zinn
Costume Design by Anita Yavich
Lighting Design by Mark Barton
Sound Design by Kai Harada
Orchestrations by Danny Troob
Dance Arrangements by John Clancy
Music Supervision by Chris Fenwick
Music Direction by David O
Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson
Make-up Design by Angelina Avallone
Casting by Heidi Griffiths, CSA and Kate Murray, CSA

MAY 3 – JUNE 10, 2018*
*May 8-12, 2018 are special dates for East West Players patrons


Our SPECIAL EWP RATES for performances from May 8 – 12, 2018 has concluded. You may purchase your tickets directly from Center Theatre Group by clicking on the link above. Thank you!

Listen to David Henry Hwang and Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie in conversation: