Congratulations to Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang for winning the Steinberg award, the largest prize in theater.
The playwrighting award of $200,000 was announced by the Harold and Mimi Charitable Trust on Wednesday August 22. 2012. The Charitable Trust's annoucement recognized Hwang's 32 years of provocative satires and dramas (“Chinglish,”“M. Butterfly”) that brought more Asian and Asian-American characters to Broadway and other stages."
Hwang's Chinglish, which made its New York Broadway debut last year, opens on the West Coast August 24 in Berkeley, California.
Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge lead the cast of the West Coast premiere of David Henry Hwang’s recent Broadway comedy Chinglish, in the Roda Theatre of the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, August 24-October 7, 2012. Chinglish received its Broadway premiere in Fall 2011, was named “Best American Play of 2011” by TIME magazine, and as one of the Top 10 Broadway shows of the year byBloomberg Radio, NY1 and WNYC.The cast of Chinglish also features Vivian Chu, Celeste Den, Austin Ku, Brian Nishii and Larry Lei Zhang.
David Henry Hwang won three Obies and the Tony Award for Best Play with M. Butterfly and FOB. Now he’s back with a canny comedy of cross-cultural errors. Two-time Obie-winner Leigh Silverman returns to the Roda Theatre to stage the twists in a terrific play she took to Broadway. Love is on the line, and laughter fills the ledger in Chinglish, a co-production with South Coast Repertory, where it will play in 2013.
"I’m always looking for smart comedies to share with our audience,” says Tony Taccone, artistic director of Berkeley Rep. “David brokers the comic gap between what words mean and how they’re translated. Before our eyes, a delightful farce subtly transforms into a timely and treacherous dissection of two cultures entwined in misunderstanding. I’m delighted to welcome David back...