August 23, 2012 |
David Henry Hwang has received the $200,000 Steinberg Award for playwriting, the largest monetary prize in American theater. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust cited Hwang's 32-year career writing satires and dramas that brought Asian and Asian American characters to Broadway and other stages, including his breakout hit, "M. Butterfly. " Hwang, 55, told the New York Times that the award affords him the luxury to focus on stage work rather than pursuing (perhaps more lucrative)
October 23, 2011 |
David Henry Hwang's new Broadway comedy, "Chinglish," makes bright, mischievous sport of the language barrier that separates an American businessman from the Chinese authorities who hold the keys to a vast new market. The idea for the play was inspired by Hwang's own visits to China, where he was forced to rely on translators. A few Mandarin courses in college along with some work with private tutors weren't enough to exempt the playwright, a first-generation Chinese American, from the farcical limbo of being lost in translation.
May 22, 2007 |
A writer pursues truth by any means necessary. Spinning real life into fiction -- in essence, lying with artistic intent -- is one of the oldest methods for accessing the complicated hidden meanings beneath reality's often misleading veneer.
May 21, 2007 |
IT SOUNDED LIKE a desperate groan, or maybe it was a guttural, exasperated "Oh, please." But near the finale of a preview performance of David Henry Hwang's new play, "Yellow Face," which opened Sunday night at the Mark Taper Forum, an unidentified female audience member -- was she Anglo? Asian? -- made known her displeasure with one of the protagonist's closing lines. The offending words? They were relatively straightforward, if not utopian.
May 13, 2007 |
WE live in a time when reality has evidently trumped fiction. The novel loses readers, as narrative nonfiction and memoirs gain in popularity. Reality television, once derided as a fad, is apparently here to stay. Young people abandon the so-called old media to post anecdotes from their lives and videos of their activities online. In theater, docudramas, in which quotes from real people are dramatized, have become more present on our stages. Today, truth is not only stranger than fiction, it also seems to be more popular.
November 20, 2006 |
It has taken a few years, but the Philip Glass opera "The Sound of a Voice" has made its logical westward migration to the Pacific Rim. Premiered in 2003 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., this operatic double-header is based on two one-act plays from the early '80s -- "Sound of a Voice" and "Hotel of Dreams" -- by Los Angeles-born playwright David Henry Hwang, inspired by Japanese cinema and dealing with old and new Japan, though in decidedly poetic terms.