PHOTO CALL: Jennifer Lim and Julyana Soelistyo Star in Signature's Golden Child
By Krissie Fullerton
07 Nov 2012
Drama Desk Award nominee Jennifer Lim and Tony Award nominee Julyana Soelistyo are among cast members of the new Off-Broadway production of David Henry Hwang's Golden Child, part of Signature Theatre Company's 2012-13 Hwang residency, which began performances Oct. 23.
The cast includes Tina Chilip (Leviathan Lab's Twelfth Night) as Servant/Ghost; Nadia Gan (Mirror Rep's The Shanghai Gesture) as Servant/Ghost; Lesley Hu (Off-Broadway debut) as Eng Eling, Third Wife; Lim as Eng Luan, Second Wife; Matthew Maher (CSC's The School for Lies) as Reverend Baines; Annie Q ("Are We There Yet?") as Eng Ahn/Daughter; Tony Award nominee Julyana Soelistyo (original Broadway cast of Golden Child) as Eng Siu-Young, First Wife; and Greg Watanabe (MyNetworkTV's "Watch Over Me") as Grandson/Eng Tieng-Bin.
The drama concerns a Chinese businessman who returns home after working abroad and "sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household," according to Signature. "Inspired by his own family history, David Henry Hwang's 1997 Obie Award-winning and 1998 Tony nominated Golden Child explores the often-painful process through which change comes to people and cultures."
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