David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang

2014 Guest

Join us on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre for An Evening with David Henry Hwang. The lecture is free and open to the public. We ask attendees to arrive by 5:15 to guarantee a good seat.

The Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance presents an incredible opportunity for IU faculty, staff, and students; as well as members of the Bloomington community to hear from one of the nation's most influential playwrights, David Henry Hwang. The Detroit News has said that: “David Henry Hwang is one of the most intelligent and original voices in the American theatre.”

This special appearance by Mr. Hwang takes place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 16, in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance's Ruth N. Halls Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please try to arrive early.

David Henry Hwang - Playwright, Screenwriter & Librettist

Few writers have turned issues around ethnicity and identity into a widely acclaimed and award-winning career like David Henry Hwang. This Chinese American playwright, described by the New York Times as “a true original” and by TIME magazine as “the first important dramatist of American public life since Ar thur Miller,” is best known as the author of M. Butterfly. That enduring 1988 work, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. To date, M. Butterfly has been staged in over four dozen countries and was the basis for a major motion picture.

To describe Hwang as a major American dramatist is something of an understatement. His play, Golden Child, premiered Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, received an Obie Award, and subsequently played on Broadway, where it received three Tony nominations. Yellow Face, which premiered at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum and New York’s Public Theater, also won an Obie Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Chinglish premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where it won a 2011 Jefferson Award for Best New Work, before moving to Broadway and being named Best New American Play of 2011 by TIME Magazine. Other plays from his 30 year career include FOB (Obie Award), The Dance & the Railroad (Drama Desk Nomination, CINE Golden Eagle Award), and Family Devotions (Drama Desk Nomination).

According to Opera News, Hwang is America’s most-produced living opera librettist. He has written four works with composer Philip Glass, including 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, while other of his libretti have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA and elsewhere. The Deutsche Grammofone recording of his libretto for Ainadamar won two Grammy Awards after having spent time at the top of Billboard magazine’s classical music charts.

Hwang has the potential to become the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller, and maybe the best of them all.

Time Magazine

David Henry Hwang is one of the most intelligent and original voices in the American theatre.

Detroit News
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