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David Henry Hwang's new Chinglish Broadway play is getting much attention. The work is inspired by the playwright's trip to China where he notices a language barrier. The struggles between the two countries within each other language and culture have sprung the slang term "Chinglish." Mr. Hwang saw an opportunity to capture the seriousness of their business relationship with the hilariousness of their differences. The playwright does not go to the obvious places one might assume, stereotypes. He rather explores the characters for who they are and want to accomplish together and their struggles to communicate properly due to almost everything becoming "lost in translation." The new Chinglish Broadway play is opening at the Longacre Theare on October 27, 2011. Tickets for all performances are on sale now.
David Henry Hwang is no stranger to success on Broadway. He is a Tony Award winning playwright and well respected for "M. Butterfly," which today remains a classic. Hwang was born in Los Angeles on August 11, 1957 and studied at the Yale School of Drama and Stanford University. The young American playwright has ascended to fame as the leading Asian American dramatist in the U.S.
Mr. Hwang had made many visits to China over the years. He began to notice the interesting relationship between the U.S. and China. Both powerful countries were interested in each other and making many groundbreakings and historical changes. On one visit, he ventured for a tour of China's new arts center. The building was a first rate down to every last detail. However, every sign at the arts center who was translated into English only made sense in a comedic way. It is from this moment that Hwang decided to begin work on his new ideas for a play.
Chinglish Broadway tells of a young American businessman named Daniel Cavanaugh. He looks to make a business venture in China for his sign -making company and to secure a lucrative contract for his family. Once in the Chinese capital of Guiyang Daniel quickly realizes just how much of a communication barrier, there is, even with his translator. Daniel must now try to navigate his business plan under a myriad of problems, including the cultural barrier, his British-born consultant that may be a fraud and Xi Yan, the supportive government official which he cannot understand.
Chinglish originated at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL, where it ran from June 18, 2011, until July 24, 2011. The play was received quite well from critics and audiences alike. After the production's short run at the "Goodman," it was announced in summer that the play would find a home at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway for an open-ended run. The cast includes Gary Wilmes, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin,Christine Lin, Stephen Pucci, Johnny Wu, and Larry Lei Zhang under the direction of Leigh Silverman. Chinglish Broadway is currently in previews at the Longacre with an official opening on October 27. This is sure to be one of the big hits this fall for "comedic plays." You can view our huge selection of Chinglish Broadway tickets online by clicking the link.
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