Golden Child, David Henry Hwang's Tale of Polygamy and Family, Opens Nov. 13 in NYC

By Kenneth Jones
November 13, 2012

Signature Theatre Company's revival of David Henry Hwang's Golden Child, now extended to Dec. 16, opens Nov. 13, kicking off the Tony Award-winning playwrights 2012-13 residency with the not-for-profit Off-Broadway company. Leigh Silverman (Chinglish) directs.



The production (part of Signature's Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series) plays in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Tickets during the extension weeks are $75 each.

Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series will also include a new production of his play The Dance and the Railroad, directed by May Adrales, and the new play Kung Fu, directed by Silverman.

Drama Desk Award nominee Jennifer Lim of Broadway's Chinglish and Tony Award nominee Julyana Soelistyo of Off-Broadway's The Glorious Ones are among cast members of the new Off-Broadway production of Golden Child. It began performances Oct. 23.

Soelistyo appeared in the 1996 Off-Broadway premiere of Golden Child, which later surfaced on Broadway, earning her and Hwang Tony nominations. 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."

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 design team includes Neil Patel (scenic designer), Anita Yavich (costume designer), Matt Frey (lighting designer), Darron L West (sound designer), Darrel Maloney (projection designer), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Deb Hecht (dialect coach) and Qian Yi (movement consultant). David H. Lurie is production stage manager.

To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.

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Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25, part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable and accessible tickets to every Signature production for the next 20 years. It's made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation, with additional support provided by Founding Sponsor Time Warner Inc., Margot Adams, the Ford Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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The cast of Golden Child
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