Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua and More Join David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu; Complete Casting Announced

By Carey Purcell
09 Jan 2014

Phoebe Strole
Phoebe Strole
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Complete casting has been announced for the world premiere of David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu, which will begin performances Feb. 4, prior to an official opening Feb. 24.

The production will continue through March 16 in the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Directed by Leigh Silverman, the production will star previously announced Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee. Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening, "Glee") will play Lee's wife Linda.

The cast also features Emmanuel Brown (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue (Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Peter Kim (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ari Loeb (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Jon Rua (Hands on a Hardbody, In the Heights) and Christopher Vo.



Here's how the production is billed: "An exhilarating portrait of international icon Bruce Lee's journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend, Kung Fu blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a bold new theatrical form. This world premiere production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father, and a man."

The creative team of Kung Fu includes Sonya Tayeh (choreography), David Zinn (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Darrel Maloney (projection design), Du Yun (original music), Emmanuel Brown (fight direction), Jamie Guan (Chinese opera movement specialist), Deborah Hecht (vocal and dialect coach), and Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (cultural consultants). David H. Lurie is the production stage manager, and casting is by Telsey + Company.

The 2013-14 season at Signature Theatre consists entirely of plays receiving world or New York-premiere productions.

Subscriptions to Signature Theatre and tickets to individual productions can be purchased by calling the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or by visiting signaturetheatre.org.