David Henry Hwang's Chinglish Will Tie Its Tongue Around the Longacre Theatre on Broadway

News   David Henry Hwang's Chinglish Will Tie Its Tongue Around the Longacre Theatre on Broadway
The Broadway run of David Henry Hwang's new play, Chinglish, about an American businessman being tripped up by communication in his efforts to make a deal in China, will play the Longacre Theatre starting Oct. 11.

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An opening-night date and cast will be announced. The play was a critical and audience hit at the Goodman Theatre this summer, when it made its world premiere. Leigh Silverman (Well) directed in Chicago and will return for the Broadway production.

The new comedy by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated, Tony Award-winning author of M. Butterfly is not easy to cast: Most of the play's performers must speak credible Mandarin and English (and, in one case, a character is an Australian who translates Mandarin — the play uses surtitles). It's thought that a marquee-name star is being sought to play the Ohio businessman.

According to the producers, "Chinglish is about an American businessman arrives in a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contact for his family's sign-making firm. He soon finds that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners — and calls into questions even the most basic assumptions of human conduct."

The design team includes set designer David Korins (Lombardi, Passing Strange), costume designer Anita Yavich (Anna in the Tropics) and lighting designer Brian MacDevitt (The Book of Mormon, Fences, Goodman's Long Day's Journey into Night).

The Broadway production will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Roy Gottlieb, Barry & Carole Kaye and David Stoller in association with Goodman Theatre.

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