Golden Child, the new play by David Henry Hwang which has been commissioned and scheduled to premiere at California's South Coast Repertory (SCR) in Costa Mesa, will open first in New York at the Public Theatre Nov. 17, produced by George C. Wolfe and directed by James Lapine.
Golden Child is about a young Chinese-American who is inspired to remember the funny, poignant and touching tales his grandmother told him about growing up with her father. She was labeled a "golden child" who was touched by fortune, until she got caught in the middle of a chaotic collision between Eastern and Western ways, when her father brought a British Christian missionary home to her and his wives .
Tony Straiges designed sets, Martin Pakledinaz did costumes, Richard Nelson desnigned the lighting.
The theatres have joined in partnership over the premiere of the play. After the production's run in New York through December 1, the play will travel to Costa Mesa for it's scheduled run, January 3 to February 9. According to Christofer Gross, press agent for SCR, "we're calling it a world premiere opening on Lafayette and ending on Town Center Drive" (streets where the Public Theatre and SCR Theatres live). Gross said that the partnership occurred because Hwang, whose play M. Butterfly won the Tony Award for "Best Play" in 1988 , has an alliance with both theatres, and really wanted Lapine to direct. The only way Lapine could schedule directing to meet SCR's schedule was if he was in New York.
David Emmes, SCR producing Artistic Director, said "We feel honored to be collaborating with [the Public] on this important theatre milestone. " Similarly, Public Artistic Director George C. Wolfe is excited to welcome Hwang, who workshopped and had several plays produced at the Public, back to the theatre, and is equally excited to be working with SCR.
Lapine, who won several awards on Broadway for his work with Stephen Sondheim, will be making his SCR debut. He is currently in Costa Mesa, beginning casting for the production, which he will finish up in NY. Hwang will slip away from the Democratic Convention to join Lapine in Costa Mesa for callbacks. Although the details have not yet been worked out, SCR will build some of the the sets and costumes and send them to NY.