David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish Begins Premiere Run in Chicago June 18

The Goodman Theatre’s world premiere of Tony Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, a comedy about “the challenges of doing business in a culture worlds apart from our own,” starts June 18 in Chicago. (Opening night is June 27.) It runs to July 24 and features James Waterston, Stephen Pucci, Jennifer Lim, Larry Zhang, Christine Lin, Angela Lin and Johnny Wu.

The production is directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman in Goodman’s Albert Theatre in Chicago. This marks the Goodman debut of the author of M. Butterfly. It’s Hwang’s second collaboration on a world premiere with Silverman, following Yellow Face at Center Theater Group and The Public Theater.

Chinglish is performed in a blend of English and Mandarin (with English surtitles).

Playwright Hwang said in a statement, “The U.S. and China are at a critical moment in history — each nation is deeply interested in, but knows very little about, the other. Chinglish was born from the many visits I’ve made to China over the past five or six years to witness the exciting changes there. During one particular visit, I toured a new arts center where everything was first-rate — except for the ridiculously translated English signs. It was at that moment when I thought of writing this play.”

Tony Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) makes his Goodman debut with the world premiere of Chinglish, a razor-sharp new comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture worlds apart from our own. Chinglish is Hwang’s second collaboration on a world premiere with Obie Award-winning director Leigh Silverman, following Yellow Face at Center Theater Group and The Public Theater.

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